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No, Roxane Gray Didn’t Kill Noel’s Puppy

August 26, 2016 (Fault Lines) — Earlier this week, Fault Lines Contributor Noel Erinjeri made startling allegations that Roxane Gay, an op-ed columnist for the New York Times, killed his puppy. This is not a true statement. In fact, Noel then categorically goes on to deny even owning a puppy, much less Roxane Gay ever harming a dog. Something about this entire situation just doesn’t sit right, though. Roxane Gay has yet to categorically deny ever killing Noel’s puppy.

No one is suggesting Roxane Gay killed Noel’s puppy. No one even thinks that Noel has met Roxane Gay in person, that Roxane Gay knows where Noel lives, or that Roxane Gay would ever harm a living creature. She seems like a wonderful person. But why would anyone just let an unfounded allegation like “Roxane Gay killed Noel’s puppy” sit there on the internet without at least addressing the issue? Why has Roxanne or her press team not issued a formal statement denying the allegations that she killed Noel’s puppy? Doesn’t it seem odd that Roxane Gay has yet to provide one shred of proof that she didn’t kill Noel’s puppy?

Please, dear reader, do not fall victim to any harsh rumors you might hear about Roxane Gay killing Noel’s puppy. Do not even mention you heard or read anything about Roxane Gay killing Noel’s puppy. Even though Roxane nne Gay, strangely, will not respond to these horrendous allegations or provide proof to the contrary, there is no reason to believe Roxane Gay killed Noel’s puppy.

In the justice system people are innocent until proven guilty, and Roxane Gay will not be tried, even in the court of public opinion, for killing Noel’s Puppy. She didn’t do it. Noel admits he never owned a puppy. Just stop with any allegations that Roxane Gay killed Noel’s puppy.

Roxane Gay might not be willing or able to defend herself against claims that she killed Noel Erinjeri’s puppy. She doesn’t have to. Even saying Roxane Gay killed Noel’s puppy is uttering a false statement that makes a well meaning individual with a big heart look bad. That will not happen anymore. Roxane Gay did not kill Noel’s puppy, and that is the conclusive end to the story.  It’s strange that she has yet to deny these allegations or provide proof to the contrary, but please stop telling anyone that Roxane Gay killed Noel’s puppy.

No one believes Roxane Gay killed Noel’s puppy because it simply didn’t happen. Noel doesn’t even own a puppy. So even though it’s odd Roxane Gay has gone almost a week without even denying she killed Noel’s puppy, please do not under any circumstances tell anyone Roxane Gay killed Noel’s puppy. The matter is officially settled.

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  • Greg Prickett
    26 August 2016 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    But if she doesn’t have anything to hide, why won’t she respond to this allegation?

    • CLS
      26 August 2016 at 12:51 pm - Reply

      It’s a bizarre thing, that. One wonders why Roxanne Gay keeps silent on Noel’s allegations that she killed his puppy.
      But one thing is for certain. Roxanne Gay did NOT kill Noel Erinjeri’s puppy.

      • Greg Prickett
        26 August 2016 at 1:41 pm - Reply

        Maybe she just hates puppies and would have killed Noel Erinjeri’s puppy, if he had one and she had the opportunity to do so. It’s hard to determine what her motivations could have been, since she is refusing to speak on the issue.

        • CLS
          26 August 2016 at 2:01 pm - Reply

          The silence from her is amazingly deafening. It’s been almost a week and she’s refused to comment on the issue. No one can determine if Roxanne Gay would have killed Noel’s puppy if he had one because of it. But I refuse to see an innocent woman tried in the court of public opinion. Roxanne Gay did not, under any circumstances, kill Noel’s puppy.

          • Greg Prickett
            26 August 2016 at 5:41 pm -

            This is what I imagine, were Noel to have a puppy. How can one not speak out, to make it crystal clear that she did not, and would not, kill this puppy?


  • albeed
    26 August 2016 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    Are You Sure?

    She is listed on the RGDNKNEP* Registry, or someone very much like her.

    *RGDNKNEP = Roxanne Gray Did Not Kill Noel Erinjeri’s Puppy Registry

    • CLS
      26 August 2016 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      This is a blind coincidence. Roxanne Gay didn’t kill Noel’s puppy.

  • Patrick Maupin
    26 August 2016 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    I have no idea why Noel Erinjeri is now protecting Roxane Gay by contradicting his earlier implied claim of puppy ownership. Is it because the SPCA threatened Noel Erinjeri with not acknowledging that people are puppies and have rights, too?

    The only thing that is certain is that Noel Erinjeri is not protecting Roxane Gay because she threatened or blackmailed him. Roxane Gay would never threaten or blackmail anybody, much less a putative puppy lover like Noel Erinjeri.

    As Greg Prickett points out, however, it would behoove Roxane Gay to fully explain the situation. Even though we are not going to try Roxane Gay in the court of public opinion, and it is certain that Roxane Gay is no puppy killer and Roxane Gay is no blackmailer and Roxane Gay would not illegally threaten anyone, it is mystifying why Roxane Gay remains completely silent on all these import matters of public opinion.

    • CLS
      26 August 2016 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      You get it. Bravo. And Greg is right. If Roxane Gay had a puppy it’d look like the one he pictured.
      It’s just weird she won’t respond to these allegations.

  • Richard G. Kopf
    27 August 2016 at 9:44 am - Reply


    But what about the kitten? All the best.


    • CLS
      27 August 2016 at 9:49 am - Reply

      Judge, there’s a kitten in the mix now? Oh good grief.

  • Scott Jacobs
    27 August 2016 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    This entire comments section is why I love Fault Lines…

  • Larry Thomas
    27 August 2016 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Although she clearly did not kill Noel’s puppy, I nevertheless seem to believe that she must have done so. Anyway, the mere allegation that she may have done so, although she did not, is very disquieting. How about some answers, Ms. Gay? Or a little contrition?

  • Eva
    27 August 2016 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    Somehow this all feels like maybe a tinge of Popehat’s Ken White influence mayhaps be going on here somehow some way….


    • shg
      28 August 2016 at 9:12 am - Reply

      Or maybe this has nothing whatsoever to do with Ken White, who is a FL contributor as well as Popehat, and your feelz is not only completely wrong but insulting to the person who wrote this post.

    • CLS
      28 August 2016 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      This horrendous micro-victimization* is absolutely vile, you Roxanne Gay apologist, and does nothing to further the cause of our discussion over the absolute truism that Roxanne Gay didn’t kill Noel’s puppy. And Ken has nothing to do with my jokes or anything else I write.

      *SHG did I used the term right? You came up with it. I just want to make sure I’m not tarnishing the term by improperly using it.

      • Eva
        29 August 2016 at 5:33 pm - Reply

        Now you did it—

        This discussion has upset the poor little fictitious Noel’s puppy.

        The poor thing just peed on your hand carved Brazilian wood floor.

        • Eva
          29 August 2016 at 5:42 pm - Reply

          Oops! My bad. I mean te fictitious hand-carved Brazilian wood floor….

          • Sgt. Schultz
            29 August 2016 at 7:26 pm -

            Either put down the shovel or whack yourself upside the head. But stop digging, you ninny.

  • Tommy Gilley
    28 August 2016 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Well I posted this on my Facebook page, so we’ll get to the bottom of this.

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