Notre Dame sophomore Skylar Diggins has gone from little-known college hoops player to defamed sports star all in the matter of weeks.
Diggins led her hometown Irish to an improbable NCAA championship game, where they would lose to Texas A&M. Regardless of the loss, a star was born. According to the South Bend Tribune her Twitter followers jumped from 4,000 to 100,000.
But in this day of instant messaging and anonymous postings -- where all it takes is one simple upload to damage a reputation -- Diggins finds herself warding off dirty Internet gossip. Photos appeared online that reportedly showed Diggins naked -- and in a sexually revealing way.
Those images are not Diggins -- and the Notre Dame athlete wants you to know it. Loud and clear.
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"Gotta clear this up. I dnt knw wht pic is going around, but tht is NOT ME. Idk who is going around trying to defame my character, but it's sad," Diggins said via Twitter. "The people that know me and love me know that I would never handle myself in such a careless and classless manner... I can truly say I am hurt by this...I dnt believe how someone could attempt to ruin my name but being untrue. I am stronger than this though...I will not run away and hide. There is no reason to.....goodnight and I will be back to continue my thoughts and tweet regularly tomorrow..."
Notre Dame responded in a statement released by Dennis Brown, University Spokesman and Assistant Vice President, Public Information and Communications, University of Notre Dame, stating that, “The online photos purportedly of Skylar Diggins are not authentic, and the University is providing her with all possible support in dealing with this defamation. The University’s General Counsel has demanded that those responsible for posting this reprehensible material immediately remove it.”