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Perkins’ state ethics violation case still under investigation

August 24, 2010

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— The question of whether Kansas University Athletic Director Lew Perkins violated a state gift-ban law is still before the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission, according to Perkins’ attorney.

Stephen McAllister, a KU law professor who is representing Perkins in the matter, said Tuesday that no ruling has been made by the Ethics Commission.

“We have referred it to them. It’s in their process,” McAllister said.

The former co-owner of a medical equipment company has said he loaned Perkins exercise equipment at no cost to Perkins.

The dispute is over whether that violates a state law that prohibits state employees from receiving gifts, and whether Perkins, who receives a portion of his salary from state funds, is considered a state employee under that law. Specifically the law states “no person subject to the provisions of this section shall solicit or accept any gift, economic opportunity, loan, gratuity, special discount or service provided because of such person’s official position.”

The penalties for violating the law include grounds for job termination, which would be up to the employee’s supervisor, as well as a $5,000 fine.

Under state law, the Ethics Commission cannot comment on whether it is investigating the matter. McAllister said in June that Perkins requested the commission look into it, and that no ruling has been made yet. The commission met last week and made no announcement pertaining to Perkins. It meets again Sept. 21.

Allegations of Perkins being loaned exercise equipment came to light after the athletic director filed a police report alleging that a member of his staff was blackmailing him over the matter. That former employee, William Dent, alleged in a published report in the Topeka Capital-Journal that Perkins helped the owners of the equipment company secure premium men’s basketball tickets.

Mark Glass, a co-owner of the former Medical Outfitters company, has denied those allegations, and said his company did not seek or receive special consideration for KU basketball tickets.

In July, law enforcement authorities dropped the investigation into the alleged blackmail. Perkins, who has announced that he plans to retire in September 2011, said he didn’t want to push forward with the case.

Comments

lionheart72661 4 years, 11 months ago

You know, this guy makes all kinds of money and there was just a big article about his use of university planes and then charging KU for travel expense for flying to a game that is a 3 hour drive away. This guy needs to pay back every penny he charged KU for travel expense and those monies be put into academics. Here he is using a KU law professor to represent him Who pays for that. KU? The students or parents of students paying tuition? Perkins needs to be fired and no bonus or pension! This man has used his position at KU for his own personal gain and the sooner he is gone the better.

milehighhawk 4 years, 11 months ago

Perkins has brought in so much revenue for the University it's not even funny.

Be careful what you wish for.

Robert Rauktis 4 years, 11 months ago

Perkins brought so much revenue? Self and Mangino brought the revenue.

Jayhawktriplegrad 4 years, 11 months ago

Perkins may have elevated the budget to close to the top of the Big 12, but KU still ranks 11th in total athletic success. Yes, we have facilities, and they come with $24 million in bonded indebtedness. So what are we getting for the money? A very-well compensated athletic director with a bloated, overpaid staff who makes excessive use of expense accounts because, "in his world, time is important". He's arrogant, a public relations nightmare, raises money but shows no results in overal athletic achievment, and doesn't apparently use any of that valuable time to notice his thieving employees.

BigAl 4 years, 11 months ago

I'm not defending anyone but am just making a statement. Even though KU struggles in many sports, KU was still third last year in revenue sharing from the Big 12. We were behind only Texas and OU.

BigAl 4 years, 11 months ago

I have supported Lew all along. I thought he did wonders for the facilities all over campus. I also think he is the primary reason we were selected to play in the Orange Bowl. However, this last thing with the travel expenses is over the top. Lew makes it very difficult to support and defend him. I came to the party late but I now think that it is time for Lew to go.

By the way, I am a member of the Williams Fund. For whatever that is worth.

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