Native of Shady says KU paid him to leave | University sport

Former Cabell Midland and Kansas football player Caperton Humphrey and his father said the Jayhawks sports department paid him more than $ 50,000 in benefits in exchange for leaving campus, attending classes at his home in West Virginia and his public silence over threats and harassment from his teammates The Kansas City Star reported on Sunday.

Humphrey is from Shady Spring. His family moved to Cabell County when he was 12.

Four of Humphrey’s Kansas teammates and about six other people were charged at Humphrey’s apartment in Lawrence, Kansas on March 25, 2019, according to the Star report, and Humphrey believed he saw one of them wearing a gun. Humphrey’s father, Jamie, dialed 911. Jamie was in town with Humphrey’s mother and brother to help him relocate in an attempt to get away from those teammates, with whom Humphrey was embroiled in a feud in course, said the Star.

Humphrey said after an argument with two teammates who lived in the apartment below him, the lug nuts on a rear tire on his Jaguar came loose and he suspected one of those teammates was to be responsible. This feud also led to arguments in the locker room, reported the Star, after which Jamie Humphrey contacted the Kansas Compliance Office and reported these arguments, as well as the fact that two players Humphrey had meddled with were selling. of marijuana.

Another altercation occurred in practice, after which Humphrey sent his roommate to speak to the other players with the goal of negotiating a ceasefire that included Humphrey remaining silent on drug-related offenses he said he saw outside his apartment window.

It did not work. Minutes later, the players, part of a group of around 10, made the aforementioned visit to his apartment, Humphrey told The Star.

Caperton and Jamie Humphrey told The Star they asked to meet with then-Jayhawks coach Les Miles the next day, but he declined. Miles later met Humphrey and the other four players and asked everyone to apologize. None have. Miles therefore suggested that the players would settle their differences in full-contact training drills.

“I walked out of that reunion and I was like, ‘(Forget) that,’” Caperton told The Star. “They don’t want to talk to my family. They don’t want to do anything to help me. Why sit in this misery and fear for my life because of something stupid? “

The Humphreys said Kansas Athletics drafted a document offering to pay Humphrey’s tuition and monthly allowance for next year, as well as 58 cents per mile, food and lodging for the return trip and shipping his belongings to West Virginia – in exchange for Humphrey is taking online classes from Mountain State and is silent about his experience in Lawrence.

The Humphrey signed it. But they recanted and spoke to the Star. They say Humphrey now suffers from anger and depression issues and is seeing a psychiatrist and taking medication as a result of these encounters, the Star reported, and they hope to sue Miles, Kansas Athletics and former Jayhawks athletic director Jeff Long.

Humphrey grew up in Shady Spring before his family moved to Hurricane two months before his 13th birthday. He played on several successful Little League Baseball teams and played football at Shady Spring Middle School.

Humphrey started wrestling at the age of 6 and won nine national championships and two world titles, but gave up the sport after eighth grade to focus on soccer.

As a senior at Cabell Midland, Humphrey ran for 1,700 yards, a year after totaling 1345 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Knights.

He went to eastern Kentucky for a year and played in all 11 Colonels games, mostly on special teams, before being transferred to KU, whose director of compliance is Woodrow Wilson graduate David Reed. High School and childhood friend of Humphrey’s parents.

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