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on the team. He would be welcome to 298 lewis shiner enroll at Duke as a regular student and try out. He might work on his temper a bit, they suggested. He passed all this along to Ruth, but not to Greg. From time to time Greg would look at him with a question in his eyes, the kind of look Ruth had seen on dogs who’d been sent to bed for misbehaving, waiting for some sign of forgiveness. All Ruth’s father had for him was a shake of the head. For Ruth he had considerably more. “There’s no question who the better player is,” her father said. He seemed to be talking to himself. “The nigra boy got the scholarship because of his skin color. It was some more of that affi rmative action like Lyndon was always talking about.” Then, barely audible, he said, “I may have to undertake some affi rmative action of my own.” Harvey Boyette’s new Triumph TR6 crashed into a tree less than a month later. Surgeons at Duke Hospital put pins in both his knees and told him he would never play basketball again. In his sworn statement to
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