Reports: Court filing claims interim Baylor president ordered emails related to football scandal deleted

Interim Baylor president David Garland was accused in court Wednesday of ordering emails related to the school’s football scandal be deleted, multiple outlets reported citing court filings.

The Waco Tribune-Herald’s Phillip Ericksen first reported on the motion, which was filed in the U.S. District Court of Western Texas.  KWTX also reported the news.

According to Ericksen, Garland “advised a high-level athletics official in June 2016 to erase emails relevant to the school’s sexual-assault scandal.”

In an email to an unnamed athletic adviser, Garland allegedly wrote, “I would erase the emails” on June 14, 2016, according to motion.

Here is more from Ericksen:

“The motion, filed by attorneys for 10 women suing the school under Title IX, alleges Baylor issued a misleading statement four months ago, when it said no documents retrieved from Garland and other top administrators between June and September 2016 dealt with evidence destruction.”

Lisa Brown, who is acting as outside counsel for Baylor, said the plaintiffs are drawing incorrect conclusions from the email.

“To make such broad unsubstantiated accusations in the middle of discovery is troubling,” Brown wrote. “Baylor and its counsel have complied with all court orders and rules and have not improperly withheld emails or any other evidence, and we look forward to responding aggressively and in specific detail with the court.”

According to the reports, the motion also discusses multiple 2015 correspondences pertaining to destroying documents:

The motion filed Wednesday also describes a 2015 meeting including then-associate general counsel Chris Holmes, who is now general counsel, senior vice president Reagan Ramsower and then-vice president for operations and facilities Brian Nicholson. The meeting dealt with a specific file pertaining to a rape, according to the motion.

“Multiple people who were in attendance heard one senior administrator direct the destruction of this file, to which Mr. Holmes responded, ‘I did not see that,’ ” the motion states.

Additionally, the filing references a text message conversation in August 2015 between Ramsower and Nicholson, in which one writes “Patties (sic) about to talk about shredding documents,” apparently referring to then-Title IX coordinator Patty Crawford.

 The motion also reportedly attempted to keep Crawford silent via a payout and nondisclosure agreement when she left the university in 2016. According to Ericksen, Crawford did not sign the NDA.

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