The Tennessee athletics program is in a state of disarray right now. From a lawsuit over an incident that happened almost 20 years ago to even more allegations coming out now, it’s a tough time to be a Volunteer.
Earlier this week, former football player Drae Bowles accused head coach Butch Jones of calling him a “traitor” after he tried to help a young woman who wanted to report allegations of being sexually assaulted by football players. Jones and other former players have since come out to refute those reports.
Thursday night, Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart released a statement about the state of the football team. He stood behind Jones saying that he trusts him wholeheartedly.
“I trust Butch Jones implicitly,” Hart said Thursday during a news conference in Knoxville, Tennessee. “I know who he is and what his work ethic is. I know how he has represented this university.”
He then went to talk about the “culture” that the Volunteers’ program has right now. He said that they are doing all they can to show responsibility, but he is proud of the school right now.
“We have a great culture in our building,” Hart said. “I’m proud of the culture we have here, but I also understand it is part of our responsibility to take a leadership role in what is a national problem. We know we’re not perfect. We’re far from it.”
It certainly looks like the Volunteers want to be responsible in what they are doing right now, but until all the current lawsuits are cleared up, it will be hard to take what anyone says as being true.
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