Bobby Petrino Motorcycle Accident
Published: April 29, 2012
Bobby Petrino Motorcycle Accident, Bobby Petrino, the star coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks football team, was fired Tuesday after a horrific motorcycle crash revealed his affair with a 25-year-old staffer.
Officials say he handpicked Jessica Dorrell, a former volleyball player at the university, for a $55,735 a year job with the football program and also gave her $20,000 cash during their relationship.
Because he was fired for misconduct, Petrino, 51, forfeits his $3.53 million salary and $18 million he would have received for early termination.
He is married with four grown children. It’s unknown how his wife, Becky, plans to respond to the affair. Dorrell is also in a relationship. She is engaged to Josh Morgan, a swimming coach at the university, and has a wedding scheduled for June.
Petrino never disclosed his conflict of interest in hiring Dorrell or the payment to her, athletic director Jeff Long said. And he ignored multiple chances to simply come clean.
‘He made the decision to mislead the public, (and it) adversely affected the university and the football program,’ Long said, choking up at one point as he discussed telling players that their coach was gone. There was a ‘pattern of misleading and manipulative behaviour to deceive me.’
Petrino hired Dorrell for a job with his football program that started March 28, four days before the fateful motorcycle accident in rural Arkansas.
She was previously for the first female fundraiser for the Razorbacks Foundation, the charitable arm that raises money fro the university’s athletics program.
He picked her out of 159 candidates in a time frame ‘shorter than our normal affirmative action hiring process,’ Long said.
He never disclosed the conflict of interest.
Additionally, Long revealed, Petrino gave the woman a $20,000 cash ‘gift.’ The details of the payment are unknown.
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