James said in the deposition that he was locked in the closet, but also said he meant that he felt locked in more than he was literally locked in. James also testified that Leach’s actions did not put him in medical harm.
Adam James’s accounts in the deposition vary from describing Leach’s handling of his situation as “funny” and “humorous” to feeling like a “prisoner” and a “slave.”
Leach testified that he did not specifically instruct James to go there, but said he had no problem with it as James needed to be in a dark place because of his sensitivity to light. (The space is big enough that the offensive linemen go there during special-teams drills to eat ice.)
James said he was monitored by a trainer, went to the bathroom at one point and “thought the idea of it was funny.”
James said he went into the electrical closet for part of the Dec. 19 practice.
James said in his deposition that Texas Tech athletic trainer, Steve Pincock, took him to the media room and said, “I want you to stay here.” James testified that because Pincock was standing near the electrical closet when he said “stay here,” it was his “assumption” that he was supposed to enter the closet.
I think we all know the saying about what happens when you make assumptions.
“Nobody held my hand and put me in there, no,” James said of the electrical closet. He also added, “Nobody said, ‘Adam, stay in the media room.’”
Paul Dobrowski, one of Leach’s lawyers, said: “Mike is no saint, but he never harmed Adam James. Under his contract, Mike is responsible for team discipline. Mike properly treated Adam as a concussed player who violated team rules, had been a discipline problem, and was a distraction to the team.”
Dicky Grigg, a lawyer representing Texas Tech, said, “Although it didn’t harm the kid, what he’d done was certainly unorthodox.”
Well that makes sense, Mike Leach is unorthodox; well that means he’s a scumbag and should be fired and never allowed to coach again. Do you see why that is ridiculous?
If Mike Leach is guilty of anything, it’s trying to focus on coaching his players and didn’t want Adam James causing any distractions.
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