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Ethics Commission to consider complaint against former KU AD Lew Perkins

October 19, 2010, 2:33 p.m. Updated October 19, 2010, 5:00 p.m.

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— Former Kansas University Athletics Director Lew Perkins faces an ethics complaint for allegedly violating a law that bans gifts to state officials by accepting free exercise equipment and physical therapy sessions.

The complaint, filed by an investigator with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission and disclosed Tuesday, will be considered during a public hearing Nov. 16 by the nine-member commission.

Neither Perkins, who retired in a surprise move last month, nor Stephen McAllister, an attorney who has represented Perkins in the past on this matter, returned phone calls seeking comment. KU and the Athletics Department declined to comment.

In earlier comments, Perkins had stated through a spokesman that he did nothing wrong in accepting the equipment, and that he reported the issue to the ethics commission to make sure everything was above-board.

Ethics commissioners made no comment on the case after a closed-door session Tuesday. They scheduled a hearing on the matter and then released a copy of the complaint.

The complaint includes two counts.

The first one alleges that in 2005, Perkins, as athletics director at KU, accepted at no cost exercise equipment from Medical Outfitters, a now defunct Lenexa company. The equipment remained in his home until 2009, the complaint states.

Under the second count, the state alleges that in 2005, Perkins requested and received physical therapy sessions from employees with the KU Department of Sports Medicine. Both counts allege violations of the state ban on gifts to state agencies, state officers, and employees and candidates for state office.

Perkins received a portion of his salary from state funds.

Violations of the law carry a range of fines from $5,000 for the first violation to $10,000 for the second, and $15,000 for the third and subsequent violations.

The controversy surrounding the exercise equipment was one of several that beset Perkins, 65, over the past year.

The school was rocked by an investigation into a tickets-for-profit scam allegedly run by a handful of members of Perkins’ staff.

Perkins was not implicated but he admitted to having been guilty of poor oversight. Authorities allege that football and basketball tickets were sold by staff members who pocketed the money. An audit said the school could have lost upwards of $3 million.

Shortly after that hit the news, Perkins was accused by a former staff member -- William Dent -- of accepting use of the exercise equipment in his home in exchange for giving the company’s owners access to premium men’s basketball tickets. Perkins and the company’s co-owner denied the allegation.

Prior to the accusation, Perkins had filed a report with Lawrence police saying he was being blackmailed by Dent over the equipment.

Perkins later wrote a check for $5,000 for use of the equipment. In June, an internal review by KU found “no evidence” to substantiate Dent’s claims.

Perkins had announced he would retire in September 2011 but on Sept. 7 he announced he was stepping down immediately.

Comments

Majestic42 4 years, 10 months ago

Indeed. I'm very interested in what else we'll get from Big Lew's past.

Majestic42 4 years, 10 months ago

Indeed. I'm very interested in what else we'll get from Big Lew's past.

Majestic42 4 years, 10 months ago

Indeed. I'm very interested in what else we'll get from Big Lew's past.

Michael Stanclift 4 years, 10 months ago

With all the money KU pays him in severance, those fines are meaningless.

Should throw him prison.

Haiku_Cuckoo 4 years, 10 months ago

People should be thrown in prison for improperly accepting a gift? What planet do you live on?

danemary 4 years, 10 months ago

like an old tooth (dirty, rotten and crooked)

4chewnut 4 years, 10 months ago

Dear Dolph: Please note that the Chancellor did not hire him, but did oversee his ... "departure." Leadership!

mr_right_wing 4 years, 10 months ago

What?! You expect the guy to pay for his own exercise equipment as well as physical therapy?

The poor guy was barely even paid slave labor at KU!

Poor, poor Lew. Look for him downtown...he's one of the panhandlers they're trying to get rid of.

Stuart Evans 4 years, 10 months ago

lol politicians looking for unethical behavior?

Haiku_Cuckoo 4 years, 10 months ago

Yes, it was officially determined months ago. KU released a 29 page report that compiled the findings of an independent investigation. An outside entity conducted the inquiry. Lew was not involved in the ticket scandal. At most, he is possibly guilty of having a treadmill in his house.

Majestic42 4 years, 10 months ago

"The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist." All Lew has to do is Smoke N' Mirror his way out of this and everyone will believe him. "Aw, but he ran the KU Athletics Department! Everyone loves KU sports!"

rockchalk_dpu 4 years, 10 months ago

While I think that Perkins receiving the exercise equipment should be punished, I find it interesting that the head of the athletic department would have to pay for access to physical therapy. I would think that if one of our coaches had an injury or a problem, they would be able to use our trainers in the same way that our players can. Though perhaps this hinges on the fact that it was in-home treatments and did not take place at the university. I'll be interested to see what you guys think about this, so feel free to chime in and chide me or support in whatever fashion you see fit.

RCJ

KU_cynic 4 years, 10 months ago

Let's see if I can reply just once . . .

Would I as a faculty member have a right to physical therapy from the KUAC staff? If I had a secretary, who he/she be obligated to type personal correspondence for me or pick up my dry cleaning or babysit my kids?

The trainers' jobs are to take care of the student athletes -- period. If Lew or anyone else has some employment-based right to their services I'd like to see that in his contract as well as the value assigned to that and claimed as the equivalent of taxable income on Lew's tax return in the same manner that loaner cars are valued.

Finally, I recall that there was an issue of Lew demanding that a trainer "give him a back rub" -- nothing sexual, mind you, just something that made the trainer uncomfortable as he/she didn't see it as part of the job.

PugnaciousJayhawk 4 years, 10 months ago

KU_cynic, with the way you lay it out, I kind of wonder if they might just get Lew on tax evasion.

KU_cynic 4 years, 10 months ago

Look at this "fact set": Lew flies on a private plane to visit his daughter and son-in-law in New Orleans -- on some flimsy pretext about meeting with the Tulane AD -- and gives the owner of the plane William Club points for the in-kind gift.

To my eyes, that's a personal benefit with economic value obtained at organizational expense. Is that ethical? Shouldn't the cost of that trip be recognized as income? Should the donor get Williams Club points for giving Lew a personal benefit?

I think the answers are obvious.

rockchalk_dpu 4 years, 10 months ago

While I think that Perkins receiving the exercise equipment should be punished, I find it interesting that the head of the athletic department would have to pay for access to physical therapy. I would think that if one of our coaches had an injury or a problem, they would be able to use our trainers in the same way that our players can. Though perhaps this hinges on the fact that it was in-home treatments and did not take place at the university. I'll be interested to see what you guys think about this, so feel free to chime in and chide me or support in whatever fashion you see fit.

RCJ

Majestic42 4 years, 10 months ago

I think it's more to do with the equipment and the dishonesty surrounding that. Dishonesty (lack of disclosure) is what Lew continually reeks of.

rockchalk_dpu 4 years, 10 months ago

While I think that Perkins receiving the exercise equipment should be punished, I find it interesting that the head of the athletic department would have to pay for access to physical therapy. I would think that if one of our coaches had an injury or a problem, they would be able to use our trainers in the same way that our players can. Though perhaps this hinges on the fact that it was in-home treatments and did not take place at the university. I'll be interested to see what you guys think about this, so feel free to chime in and chide me or support in whatever fashion you see fit.

RCJ

rockchalk_dpu 4 years, 10 months ago

While I think that Perkins receiving the exercise equipment should be punished, I find it interesting that the head of the athletic department would have to pay for access to physical therapy. I would think that if one of our coaches had an injury or a problem, they would be able to use our trainers in the same way that our players can. Though perhaps this hinges on the fact that it was in-home treatments and did not take place at the university. I'll be interested to see what you guys think about this, so feel free to chime in and chide me or support in whatever fashion you see fit.

RCJ

Jonathan Becker 4 years, 10 months ago

This is not the last chapter of Lew. Treat this as an 'opening act.'

On another issue, I have always been upset at some concerts where the main act is so late and so short. I think it is just criminal.

John Clayton 4 years, 10 months ago

I suggest a moment of silence:

amomentofsilence

amomentofsilence by roscoepoet

livinginlawrence 4 years, 10 months ago

ahhhh...the age-old pastime of denigrating those with more resources, regardless of circumstance and with or without due cause for true suspicion.

Enoughsaid 4 years, 10 months ago

In my opinion, there is nothing more corrupt then the Athletic Department. Organized crime with a tax exempt status. It will make my day when Perkins is indited over the ticket scandal.

What is the difference between the salary scandel in Bell California and the KU Athletic Department, NOTHING.

Janis Pool 4 years, 10 months ago

Bill Dent is a sleaze bag. Don't assume Lew is as dirty as the article suggests.

Kontum1972 4 years, 10 months ago

he has good lawyers....am sure they had great seats @ the games....

Kontum1972 4 years, 10 months ago

need to investigate the KU alum porn star....Samantha......she had great seats.....

Clevercowgirl 4 years, 10 months ago

Hey, where is PFC? I recall PFC gave me all sorts of trouble about my prediction that there would be an indictment of some sort. I too, think that this is the tip of the iceberg, but I'm not sure that the full story will ever be published. I hope that it will.

Richard Payton 4 years, 10 months ago

$15,000 fine for Lew if found guilty! Not much money for Lew's deep pockets.

Linda Aikins 4 years, 10 months ago

Ah now I know why Lew left suddenly and quite early.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 10 months ago

The FBI and IRS are still busy looking into this matter of the ticket sales I assume.

If so who knows what is on the horizon...

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