Photo: Screenshot via ArkansasRazorbacks.com
Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino has been placed on administrative leave for lying to the school about the circumstances of a motorcycle accident he was in last weekend.It turns out that 25-year-old football program employee Jessica Dorrell was riding with Petrino at the time of the accident. Petrino didn’t tell the school about her when he met with officials about the accident, he admitted last night.
In a statement, he said he lied to the school in order “to protect my family and a previous inappropriate relationship from becoming public.”
Dorrell was named “student-athlete development coordinator for football” just last Tuesday. Before that, she played volleyball at Arkansas and got her MBA from the school in 2010.
Here’s Petrino’s statement:
“I regret that I have not publically (sic) acknowledged a passenger on the vehicle. I have been in constant pain, medicated and the circumstances have come out in bits and pieces. That said I certainly had a concern about Jessica Dorrell’s name being revealed. In my press conference, I referred to her simply as ‘a lady.’ My concern was to protect my family and a previous inappropriate relationship from becoming public. In hindsight, I showed a serious mistake in judgement.”
Here’s a screenshot of Dorrell’s official bio:
Photo: Arkansas via Big Lead Sports
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