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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Adams Statement on Evans Arrest

Here's the full statement from Michael Adams regarding the Damon Evans arrest. I'll have a full post on Evans' statements shortly.

"UGA Athletic Director Damon Evans informed me early this morning of his arrest and provided me an account of the events of last night. Drinking and driving is a serious mater, and I was extremely disappointed to hear of his arrest. Certainly this is not an example of the kind of leadership that I expect our senior administrators to set. I have high regard for Damon personally; I care deeply about him and his family and know him to be a man of integrity. He has sincerely apologized to me for the embarrassment this has brought upon the university. I was notified of this matter while away on vacation and will reserve further action pending a full review by staff and legal counsel."


Anonymous said...

am i wrong to be shocked he didn't resign? there's no way he keeps his job right?

Anonymous said...

Anon 7:04, why would you think automatic dismissal? Major mistake? Yes. But if there were no prior incidents, nearly all businesses would warn hinm, give him a warning that the nest time would cost him his job, but you would not automaticallu dismiss an employee who has otherwise performed well. If there were prior issues you had dealt with him on, firing would be automatic.

This looks borderline to me, a major error in judgement from a high profile employee in a position of significant responsibility. If I were Adams and there nothing before this, I would tell him to apologize and walk the straight and narrow because the next time would be his job.

It was a stupid, stupid mistake, but no lives were lost (this time), and few people lose their jobs over incidents that happen outside of work and involve no felony.

Anonymous said...

Good grief, it's not he he's the first UGA AD to be a womanizing drunk. A former one has his name on the athletics building!

Anonymous said...

Too many rush to impose severe punishment, if this becomes a pattern , then yes his job should be on the line.

Tommy said...

Absolutely he should be fired.

1. He's a public figure, not just some no-name employee within a private enterprise.

2. On a campus with more than its share of binge drinking, he's been a prominent voice for sober driving.

Retaining him would be disastrous PR. I can't believe it's being seriously considered as an option.

Anonymous said...

Anon 720:
Why should it matter whether it is a felony or not? Why does it matter that no lives weren't lost? Damon Evans is in an extremely high profile position at the University and he did not make just a "mistake." A mistake is forgetting to pick up the dry cleaning.

UGA's image is in a body cast right now, thanks to Damon Evans.

The University cannot afford to have its reputation damaged any further.