The Duke Basketball Report is proud of our tradition of raising money for charities through our auctions and our other endeavors. We've raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Duke Children's Hospital, the Emily Krzyzewski Family Life Center, and many other charities, all thanks to the generous bids of our readers. You are helping make the world a better place, and we are pleased to be the instrument.
There is an implicit deal between you, the reader, the Duke Basketball Report, and the different charities for whom we hold our auctions. We pass on all the money from the auctions to the charity. The charities spend the money received wisely. You, the bidder are honest with your bids.
In our recent auction of a pair of tickets to Wednesday's Carolina game, a bidder violated our rules, and the spirit of the auction. Bidding under the name "John Smith," Adam J Wilcox of Vestal, New York (AJWILCOX@vestal.k12.ny.us) placed a bid of $2000 on these tickets. He used a fake address in his registration. In placing that bid, he wilfully lied about his ability to fulfill his commitment, and the result is that some children who are suffering from brain cancer may not get that extra money that will help. We wouldn't wish what these kids go through on you, Adam, or God forbid, any children you might have or someday have, but if you ever find yourself in a similar situation, you may wish you hadn't been so casually cruel.