A day after the Texas Rangers, the state’s elite criminal investigations unit, said it had opened a preliminary probe into how Baylor handled assault reports, Art Briles is breaking months of silence.
Briles released a one-page letter saying he could no longer “remain silent.”
In the letter Briles wrote, “I did not cover-up any sexual violence. I had no contact with anyone that claimed to be a victim of sexual or domestic assault. Anyone well-versed in my work as a coach knows that I strove to promote excellence, but never at the sacrifice of safety for anyone. I did not obstruct justice on campus or off.”
Art Briles defended himself against several accusations, including the text messages revealed by Baylor last month in which Briles appears to be helping assistant coaches assist players in avoiding punishment by the law. Briles added, “(R)umor, innuendo and out of context messages, emails and comments have no place in a true fact-finding mission. The key to growth for the school begins with full transparence, not selective messaging.”
Briles added he’d like to see all the details of what the Pepper Hamilton investigation found, which determined that Briles’ program acted as if it was “above the rules”. The Pepper Hamilton report also concluded that members of Briles’ staff had improper contact with victims or witnesses involved in some of the alleged sexual assaults. There are a handful of powerful Baylor alumni that have expressed interest in having the Pepper Hamilton report fully released to see exactly what is in it.
Art Briles was fired by the University in May of 2016 and Baylor University President Ken Starr was demoted before eventually deciding to resign.
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