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Officer report: ‘I do not know Jessica Dorrell and I have never met her’

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Today, Arkansas State Police released the report written by Capt. Lance King, the officer who drove Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino from a Fayetteville intersection to a local hospital following a motocycle accident last Sunday involving Petrino and UA football employee Jessica Dorrell.

The report is the second from ASP to be released in the past week, the first of which (released last Thursday) opened up the story that resulted in Petrino being placed on administrative leave and admitting to a “previous inappropriate relationship.”

The report, I’m sure you can tell, is quite long, but ultimately doesn’t provide any details that would affect Petrino’s job security with UA. The issue at hand is Petrino withholding information from athletic director Jeff Long until the initial police report was released, and the possibility of a quid pro quo between Petrino and Dorrell, who was hired as UA’s  student-athlete development coordinator for football just days before the accident.

About the only thing King’s report does reveal is that Petrino asks a lot of questions about who will be interviewed and what will be asked. Which makes sense, because no married dude wants to get caught riding a motorcycle with a girl nearly half their age.

That, and Petrino did not appear to be intoxicated at the time of being transported to the hospital.

Oh, and there’s a Lt. Colonel named Tim K’Nuckles. That’s not important, but it’s pretty awesome.

What was important about King’s role in the incident is that there is a pre-existing connection between him and Petrino. If there’s a pre-existing connection, does King know about Dorrell and any possible relationship that could be detrimental to Arkansas? Obviously, that’s debunked quickly. In fact, King makes it a point to note that he does “not know Jessica Dorrell and I have never met her.” Additionally, King emphasizes he is not close with Petrino or his family outside of their respective jobs.

(Although, the sequence of who drove Petrino to the hospital doesn’t make a lot of sense. Long did, obviously, but he tells Mrs. Petrino he doesn’t know who took her husband from the scene. The next day, Mr. William says he took Petrino to the hospital. Just an odd sequence.) 

The memorandum was given to Long, but I highly doubt this provides him with any new usable information.

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24 Responses to “Officer report: ‘I do not know Jessica Dorrell and I have never met her’”
  1. drjem says: Apr 9, 2012 8:11 PM

    Petrino is history!!!

  2. InFact says: Apr 9, 2012 8:22 PM

    Given the development: I think Jessica’s fiance is having self-esteem issues.

  3. drjem says: Apr 9, 2012 8:34 PM

    InFact……it would appear so huh?

  4. jumbossportsblog says: Apr 9, 2012 8:40 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

  5. godfatherd says: Apr 9, 2012 9:31 PM

    The funniest thing about this whole incident is that had Petrino just admitted the girl was with him initially everything would probably have blown over. Something as simple as saying she asked for a quick ride on his motorcycle would have covered it. Then he could have dealt with his wife in private. Instead he lies and will probably lose his job.

    All over an extremely average looking 25yo blonde with big gums. I guess maybe I will understand when I am 51.

  6. jgifford25 says: Apr 9, 2012 10:44 PM

    “If there’s a pre-existing connection, does King know about Dorrell and any possible relationship that could be detrimental to Arkansas?” Really? You’re talking about the Arkansas State Police who ‘never’ saw Governor Bill Clinton have any outside relationships either.

    Clinton was impeached for lying over a similar situation as president. But never resigned his office because of it.

    Not that, I’m defending Petrino, but he has to deal with Hill… Er, his wife over what is a personal matter. It’s not like he lied to the NCAA after all.

  7. geo1113 says: Apr 9, 2012 11:36 PM

    All over an extremely average looking 25yo blonde with big gums. I guess maybe I will understand when I am 51.
    ——————————————

    I would like to see this average 25 yo in a lineup with all of the girlfriends you have ever had. My cash is on Dorrell.

  8. bozosforall says: Apr 9, 2012 11:41 PM

    I’d like to meat her.

  9. Deb says: Apr 9, 2012 11:54 PM

    “I do not know Jessica Dorrell and I have never met her.”

    Uh-huh. But he met a blond who was with the coach, who was using the coach’s phone, who helped the coach out of his first ride from the scene and into the officer’s car. And he seemed to think this blond had some role in the accident because he gave her his cell phone number and told her to call him the following day because a trooper would have to contact her for an interview. Then when Mrs. Petrino asked him who’d been bringing her husband to the hospital, he told her he had no idea.

    That cop sure seemed to have a good grasp of the situation for someone who didn’t know Dorrell and had never met her.

  10. Deb says: Apr 10, 2012 12:09 AM

    @jgifford25 …

    Sigh … another goofball trying to draw comparisons with Bill Clinton. The courts later ruled that the government had gone far beyond the scope of their investigation by asking the president about his private sex life. It came out during the hearings that many of his most vocal Republican opponents in Congress were cheating on their spouses, too. If they threw people out of office for that, we’d have no one left to run the government. Clinton was impeached for lying to investigators who were later found to be asking illegal questions. And none of that has any bearing on this.

    Petrino hired his unqualified mistress to serve as the highly paid head of recruiting. That’s a misuse of university funds, which also jeopardizes the university’s top 10 recruiting status and could easily put the university at risk for sanctions if these two dingalings screw up some of the NCAA’s complex regulations. And because she’s his mistress, firing her now puts the university at risk for a harassment claim. It’s not a simple case of personal infidelity.

  11. gatiger says: Apr 10, 2012 6:56 AM

    Here’s my bet on the situation

    1. Arkansas slaps Petrino on the wrist some way but does not fire him. Misses maybe the first couple of warmup games. Too many wins, too much money to the school (sad but true)

    2. Ms Dorrell is reassigned to another position to remove any future improprieties.

    3. The future ex- Mrs Petrino takes 1/2 of Mr Petrino’s stuff.

    4. Arkansas finishes 3rd or 4th in the west.

  12. mountaineer50415 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:22 AM

    jumbossportsblog:

    Why blog this somewhere else? Here is enough.
    People are saying the same thing over and over again. Why read it here and then read it again over there.

    Makes me think you are unable to come up with anything on your own.

    It is time to put this to bed until the AD decides to do what ever he decides. I doubt he is the first or that he will be the last coach to go out on his wife. He is not the last to tell it a different way than it was. Most people do lie when they get caught. Some go to their graves with the lie. Been that way since Adam and Eve.
    Why is it important what the police did? If it had been a Dick Smith it would not matter at all. No one but Mr. Smith’s wife would want to know who was with him. The police would write it down and forget it unless the women was hurt. It is truly sad that we can tear a man down to the bone over sin. As if we have never sinned ourselves!!! I am sure none of you have.

  13. iptay18 says: Apr 10, 2012 8:26 AM

    Sigh….another goofball trying rewrite history. Bill Clinton was under investigation for making unwanted sexual advances towards a young lady and this was not the first accusation. The impeachment part was not because of his affair but because he committed perjury, a felony. Please cite your referencewhen you state “the courts ruled that the government had gone far beyond the scope of the investigation”. And which court was that, the DNC court? Please also state where the information is that “many of his most vocal Republican opponents were cheating on there spouses too” can be found. Maybe so but they never committed perjury…that is why, not cheating.

  14. drjem says: Apr 10, 2012 8:56 AM

    TO: iptay……………..couldn’t have stated it better myself. Just amazes me how liberals, democrats, progressives & even other political parties can deny reality. “EVEN” to the point of mixing the political side (to suit themselves) with FOOTBALL!

  15. muskyhunter2542 says: Apr 10, 2012 9:36 AM

    suuuuu-eeeee,suuuuu-eeeee

  16. bozosforall says: Apr 10, 2012 10:10 AM

    mountaineer50415 says:
    Apr 10, 2012 8:22 AM
    jumbossportsblog:

    Why blog this somewhere else? Here is enough.
    People are saying the same thing over and over again. Why read it here and then read it again over there.

    Makes me think you are unable to come up with anything on your own.

    It is time to put this to bed until the AD decides to do what ever he decides. I doubt he is the first or that he will be the last coach to go out on his wife. He is not the last to tell it a different way than it was. Most people do lie when they get caught. Some go to their graves with the lie. Been that way since Adam and Eve.
    Why is it important what the police did? If it had been a Dick Smith it would not matter at all. No one but Mr. Smith’s wife would want to know who was with him. The police would write it down and forget it unless the women was hurt. It is truly sad that we can tear a man down to the bone over sin. As if we have never sinned ourselves!!! I am sure none of you have.

    __
    If people are saying the same thing over and over, the chances that it is true are greater, given the lack of alternative explanations. Quit making excuses for that slimeball.

  17. jgifford25 says: Apr 10, 2012 10:35 AM

    @deb

    ‘university’ funds? Nope, that is all athletic funds. The university and athletics function as two separate organizations at Arkansas. This is possible because the athletic organization does not receive or accept any public funding from the state. This is also why Petrino will not suffer under the university policies that apply to faculty and staff of the university. Unless the athletic organization ad hears to the same policies as the university, the best the AD can do is slap Petrino on the wrist in accordance with his contract. The AD can also investigate the circumstances regarding Dorrell’s appointment to her position in the football offices and remedy any issues as a result.

    AD Long is in a tough position and in a catch 22. Unlike Penn State, even the board of regents for the University do not have much say in the matter, just like the Chancellor of the university doesn’t. Politics and organizational structure is the only thing keeping the hammer from falling down on Petrino. All because athletics is it’s own organization at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

  18. dickroy says: Apr 10, 2012 11:47 AM

    @jgifford25

    This is from CFT:

    Petrino’s contract with the University of Arkansas states the coach could be fired or punished for “engaging in conduct, as solely determined by the University, which is clearly contrary to the character and responsibilities of a person occupying the position of Head Football Coach or which negatively or adversely affects the reputation of the University or UAF’s athletics programs in any way.”

    I read “as solely determined by the University”
    Maybe I am missing something.

  19. jgifford25 says: Apr 10, 2012 1:45 PM

    @dickroy

    Nope I don’t think you missed anything. But I can tell you from personal experience that university officials can recommend and suggest what should be done. But since the financials of athletics are separate from the University, the decision is all AD Long’s to execute. No one else does as was the case at Penn State last fall. You see Petrino is an employee under contract with the athletics organization, not the university.

    Since the Athletics organization owns the trade mark for ‘Razorbacks’, the university leases out it’s name to the Athletics to give University of Arkansas Razorbacks. Confused? So was I when in the middle of it.

    But it all about business and money. Outside of the students and State of Arkansas, the biggest financial donor of the university is the athletics organization.

  20. dickroy says: Apr 10, 2012 1:55 PM

    @jgifford25

    Thanks for the info.

  21. Deb says: Apr 10, 2012 3:52 PM

    @iptay18 …

    Oh please. I’m not defending Clinton’s sleazy behavior–just saying it has nothing to do with Bobby Petrino or college football and certainly isn’t unique to Bill Clinton. And he was under investigation for his role in a failed land scandal in Arkansas, known as Whitewater, which occurred before his presidency. The special investigator, Ken Starr, then secured permission from the AG to widen the investigation to include an allegation of sexual harassment by a former employee of Clinton’s when he was the Arkansas governor.

    The court eventually dismissed the case brought by that, um, “young lady” Paula Jones–who received a complete plastic surgery makeover funded by Clinton opponents and later posed in Penthouse. But when she appealed again, Clinton paid a nuisance settlement to go away. I can’t find the link about that court ruling on Starr overstepping, but he said himself that he regretted delving into Clinton’s sex life instead of staying on point with the Whitewater investigation.

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/595109948/Starr-regrets-lead-role-in-Clinton-investigation.html

    As for the randy behavior of some of the hypocrites who were carrying on about Clinton’s sexual shenanigans during the impeachment …

    http://www.canada.com/story_print.html?id=827e4c92-5396-4b94-97a7-aa40f9c8d8fc&sponsor=

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=A9RIAAAAIBAJ&sjid=UAINAAAAIBAJ&pg=1512,824715&dq=dan+burton+scandal&hl=en

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=HO8qAAAAIBAJ&sjid=qdAFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5229,1738165&dq=helen+chenoweth+scandal&hl=en

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=TxhSAAAAIBAJ&sjid=czUNAAAAIBAJ&pg=3080,6114941&dq=henry+hyde+scandal&hl=en

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=f3tRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=NggEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5510,2568787&dq=bob+livingston+scandal&hl=en

    Can we focus on football now?

  22. Deb says: Apr 10, 2012 4:04 PM

    @jgifford25 …

    Thanks for the info about how the university funds and AD funds are divided. I’ve heard things like that before–I’m a Bama fan and wouldn’t be surprised to hear ours is a similar setup. Just keep forgetting that athletic departments are their own separate fiefdoms ;)

    Although I think it’s sleazy, life has too many challenges for me to get worked up about how other people conduct their private lives. I have to account for my own behavior. So the issue for me is how he’s managing his job. It just blows my mind that he’d put this girl into an important position like that–or that she’d take it. She has a degree–why not go make her own way in the world rather than being dependant on this type setup? If he’d play that fast and loose with the recruiting department, I’d hate to think how else he might cut corners that could come back to hurt that team.

  23. corvusrex96 says: Apr 10, 2012 5:17 PM

    If it wasn’t for the fact that Petrino hired his mistress there is really no story here other than a family issue.

  24. Deb says: Apr 10, 2012 9:56 PM

    @drjem …

    Just amazes me that you can’t read well enough to see that I was asking the other guy to stop dragging politics into the blog. Guess you were too busy patting the other clown on the back :roll:

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