Kansas athletics reportedly paid former football player Caperton Humphrey $50,000 to go home after reporting threats and harassment by his teammates in 2019.
Humphrey played two seasons for Kansas. He grew up in West Virginia and played a year at Eastern Kentucky before transferring to play for former Jayhawks coach Les Miles.
On March 25, 2019, according to Humphrey, four Kansas football players barged into his Lawrence apartment and threatened him and his family — which was there at the time — an altercation that led to a 911 call, which was confirmed by Lawrence police records manager Kim Murphree.
There was no police report filed.
In the run-up to the incident, Humphrey had filed a police report related to someone loosening lug nuts on the tires of his car but no charges were filed. Then, in March, came the altercation in Humphrey’s apartment.
When the altercation got to the Kansas athletic department, at first Miles wouldn’t even meet with the Humphrey family, according to the article. Miles did meet with Humphrey and the players in question and asked both sides to apologize. Neither side did.
Then, according to Humphrey, Miles suggested the players settle their differences on the field in full-contact drills.
After that, Humphrey left for West Virginia. Shortly after, the family and KU settled financially.
This is just the latest issue for Kansas football, which is coming off an 0-9 campaign in 2020 that saw the program turn over both its head coach and its athletic director.
The Jayhawks and Miles parted ways in March after more details emerged about his interactions with female employees during his time as head coach at LSU. After a 2013 probe conducted by LSU, Miles was no longer allowed to have contact with female students. Miles also, reportedly, had to settle a harassment lawsuit with a former LSU student during that time.
After Miles left, athletic director Jeff Long — who hired Miles — was relieved of his duties. The Jayhawks hired Travis Goff, a Kansas graduate who was then the deputy athletic director at Northwestern, to replace Long. Goff hired Leipold, who was then the head coach at Buffalo University, to take over for Miles.
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