3/31/14

Ervin's Defense Lawyer's Closing Statement



"I had a great summation all worked out, full of some sharp lawyering, but I’m not going to read it. I’m here to apologize. I am young, and I am inexperienced. But you cannot hold Gary "G-Money"  Ervin responsible for my shortcomings. Do you see, in all this legal maneuvering, something has gotten lost. That something is the truth. Now, it is incumbent upon us lawyers not to just talk about the truth but to actually seek it, to find it, to live it. My teacher taught me that. What is it in us that seeks the truth? Is it our minds, or is it our hearts?

I set out to prove an Adelaide player could receive a fair trial in the NBL, that we are all equal in the eyes of the league. We have a duty under God to seek the truth – not with our eyes, and not with our minds where fear and hate turn commonality into prejudice, but with our hearts – but we don’t know better.

I want to tell you a story. I’m going to ask you all to close your eyes while I tell you the story. I want you to listen to me. I want you to listen to yourselves. Go ahead. Close your eyes, please. This is a story about a basketball player playing basketball one sunny afternoon. I want you to picture this player. He's played over 20 minutes of basketball in one of the most physical games of his life against a team set-out to stop him. He's hurt, in fact he shouldn't even be playing. He's tired. He's given everything. Late in the game after a crushing basket he's under the basket fighting for a rebound when his bigger opponent holds him back fighting for a rebound. In frustration, in all that pain and hurt, he out of sheer frustration appears to knee his bigger, stronger opponent.  Can you see him? His beaten, broken body soaked in sweat, soaked in blood, about to die. Can you see him? I want you to picture that basketball player.

Now imagine he’s a Melbourne Tiger"

*This is not factual and is a mash up of Matthew McConaughey's famous speech in "A Time To Kill"

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