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Ernie Davis Statue Sculptor: Don't Hate The Playa, Hate The University

This kinda got lost in the shuffle over the weekend but I certainly wanted to note the latest on Swooshgate. SU has chimed in, Nike added their two cents and the media went to town. But what about Bruno Lucchesi, the man who actually molded those Nike's onto Ernie Davis' feet? Bruno was radio silent all week but Donnie Webb cracked the case and received the following statement from one of Bruno's family members:
"I want to make clear what happened in relation to the sculpture of Ernie Davis for Syracuse University. I was commissioned by Syracuse University to make this bronze life-size sculpture of Ernie Davis in October of 2007. Syracuse University sent me all of the materials of Ernie's uniform and football gear of the clothing, the helmet, cleats, pads and the football to be used in the making of Ernie's sculpture. When the clay stage was completed, Syracuse University approved it. When the bronze was completed, Syracuse University again approved it. And they paid for it upon its completion. They told me that they were thrilled with it. Syracuse University picked up Ernie's bronze sculpture in June, 2008, photographed it and installed it right before it's unveiling on Sept. 13, 2008, on campus. On Sept. 16, 2008, I was shocked to learn that the material given to me for the helmet and the cleats were mistaken. I readily agreed to make the necessary changes in the sculpture. Currently, I am working with Syracuse University to make these corrections to the sculpture but I want to make it clear that I did exactly what I was asked to do and the mistake was not made by me."
"They told me that they were thrilled with it." That's all you need to know, isn't it? Syracuse University officials were either incompetent or knew full-well that the statue they commissioned was laden with Nike logos and this was okay by them. Does either version make you feel better?

"Easy fix." Wasn't that the last we heard from SU Athletics on the matter? So when does that easy fix begin? Saw a photo of the statue today, logos still there.