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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

clorox 3 years, 5 months ago

What we should have is a full scale NCAA investigation into KU. The jayhawks cheat all the time. Everybody knows that KU is a liar and a prostitute.

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 5 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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Gootsie 3 years, 5 months ago

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

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Richard Payton 3 years, 5 months ago

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

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Kontum1972 3 years, 5 months ago

carrie come back we miss you....

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billybob1 3 years, 5 months ago

Indictment for what? The local Feds do not have the authority to indict Lew on taxes, that is strictly a Washington, DC call. Do you think they are going to waste their time on this? The ticket scandal is almost over and there is zero mention of Lew in any of it.

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Clevercowgirl 3 years, 5 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.

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billybob1 3 years, 5 months ago

Please ... who cares? I mean this is old news. Lew will take his whipping, pay his fine and move on. For those of you waiting for the next shoe to drop ... I am afraid you will have to wait a long time.

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Kontum1972 3 years, 5 months ago

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

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Kontum1972 3 years, 5 months ago

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

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Gandalf 3 years, 5 months ago

You mean Dent and Lew working together is like birds of a feather?

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poolside 3 years, 5 months ago

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

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Gandalf 3 years, 5 months ago

How about his bogus charge of blckmail against Dent? I mean come on, how many blackmailers negotiate with lawyers for months. Maybe the police department should charge him for making a false report and bill him for time wasted!

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Enoughsaid 3 years, 5 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.

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livinginlawrence 3 years, 5 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.

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Gandalf 3 years, 5 months ago

I say we tar and feather him! At least he would look better!

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Slowponder 3 years, 5 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.

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macon47 3 years, 5 months ago

15 grand to perkins is chump change its like 6 bucks to us

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rockchalk_dpu 3 years, 5 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

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rockchalk_dpu 3 years, 5 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

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rockchalk_dpu 3 years, 5 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

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rockchalk_dpu 3 years, 5 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

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 5 months ago

Now would be the right time during KU Homecoming to announc a new athletic director.

Bring the woman on!

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cheeseburger 3 years, 5 months ago

'Perkins had publicly taken responsibility for what happened in the ticket mess, but wasn't involved in the alleged scheme'.

Uh, has that been officially determined yet, or is the LJW just going off of what he said? At this point, I would hardly consider him a credible source of information!

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Stuart Evans 3 years, 5 months ago

lol politicians looking for unethical behavior?

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mr_right_wing 3 years, 5 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.

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4chewnut 3 years, 5 months ago

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

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Michael Stanclift 3 years, 5 months ago

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

Should throw him prison.

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LJ Whirled 3 years, 5 months ago

Tip of an unethical iceberg ...

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