That's the lede from our story on what happened with James in court today.
But what really happened during the incident in question?
A reader sent me this and it's linked by The Oregonian: It's the sentencing memorandum from today. It contains the official version of what went on with James and the victim.
I found it strangely comforting.
What does that mean? Well, for one, the thoughtfulness of the document is unexpected. It describes a complicated, emotional situation in a plain-speaking way one might not anticipate from a legal document.
If you read it, you will feel sympathy for the victim. You learn what she went though during and after the incident. She wasn't some harpy trying to railroad James.
But you also don't see James as acting like a monster, which charges of menacing, strangulation and assault without context suggested he was.
Here's James' letter of apology to the victim from The Oregonian.
James was in the wrong. There were plenty of ways he could have prevented the situation from escalating. And for that he deserves punishment, which the court gave him: 24 months on probation and 10 days in jail.
My "comfort" is the system worked. And that there's room to believe that James deserves a second chance at Oregon.
Coach Chip Kelly will announce some punishment this afternoon. He's still awaiting what happens with quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who will face a burglary charge in court later this afternoon.
Coaches across the country should print out this document and read it to their teams. It would make real to a group of young men how quickly anger and frustration can lead to a physical confrontation that qualifies as a criminal offense.
Simply: If you put your hands on someone in an aggressive way, particularly a woman, you will end up talking to police. So don't do it. Ever.