160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ANY way you look at it, the affair of the Duke University lacrosse players arrested for suspected rape of a stripper was a travesty of justice. Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong on Thursday apologized to the athletes he had accused last year, but only after the North Carolina attorney general decided to drop the whole dirty case and cleared the players of all charges. Still, the damage has been done. No one involved in the scandal emerged unscathed. Not Nifong, whose reputation as a prosecutor has been irreparably damaged. Not the lacrosse players, who will never escape the taint of the last year. Not Duke University, which will be remembered for years to come as the place where the lacrosse team did something bad to a stripper.