In this circa 1992 photo provided by Jim Brochin and made by Martha Kavanaugh, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, front row far right, poses with Yale University Law School classmates at Kavanaugh's parents' home in St. Michaels, Md. Front row from left are Steve Hartmann, Jim Brochin, Richard Roberts, and Kavanaugh. Back row from left are Ken Christmas, James Boasberg, Zeb Landsman, and Edmund Burns. (Martha Kavanaugh via AP)

At Yale, Kavanaugh stayed out of debates at a time of many

August 28, 2018 - 8:16 am

When Brett Kavanaugh was a student at Yale University in the 1980s, some of his classmates were protesting South Africa's apartheid system, rallying for gay rights and backing dining hall workers in a labor dispute.

But people who knew Kavanaugh an undergraduate and law student at Yale say the future Supreme Court nominee seemed more interested in battles on the basketball court than politically charged debates.

Interviews with more than a dozen friends and acquaintances draw a portrait of a serious, but not showy student who loved sports.

Kavanaugh has said he realized he had different views than many classmates when he found himself siding with conservative former Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist during discussions at Yale Law School.

Classmates don't recall Kavanaugh being outspoken about his views.