Late last night, the University of Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds and assistant coach Major Applewhite released individual statements addressing a one-night stand involving Applewhite and an adult student which occurred back in 2009. Yes, four years later and after a couple disciplinary actions included counseling as well as having his salary reportedly frozen from February 5, 2009 to January 1, 2010, both guys have decided to come clean.
Below, check out Dodds' statement on the matter:
“Major Applewhite engaged in inappropriate, consensual behavior with an adult student one time during the 2009 Fiesta Bowl activities. After learning of his behavior later that month, I took immediate action to review the situation. We promptly initiated an inquiry with assistance from the university’s legal affairs office and other units outside of athletics. Major admitted his inappropriate conduct and he was disciplined. In determining appropriate discipline, we analyze the facts and circumstances surrounding the behavior and its relation to job responsibilities. Major fully accepted his discipline, including counseling. We have high standards for behavior and expect our staff and coaches to adhere to them in all aspects of their lives. I believe that the appropriate discipline was taken in this case.”
And, here's Applewhite's comments:
“Several years ago, I made a regretful decision resulting in behavior that was totally inappropriate. It was a one-time occurrence and was a personal matter. Shortly after it occurred, I discussed the situation with DeLoss Dodds. I was up front and took full responsibility for my actions. This is and was resolved four years ago with the university.
“Through counsel I have worked with my wife and the incident is behind us. I am regretful for my mistake and humbled by this experience. I am deeply sorry for the embarrassment it has caused my friends, family, and the University. I appreciate all of them. I’ve learned and grown from this and look forward to my work at Texas.”
Even though Applewhite plans on moving forward, there is a possibility that the Texas co-offensive coordinator could face some legal issues, dependent on what the ruling of the university's board of regents.
[via Larry Brown Sports]
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