Kentucky players filled time cards inaccurately at UK HealthCare prompting investigation, per report
Kentucky football players in February were investigated after filling out inaccurate timecards while working as patient transporters for UK HealthCare in Lexington, per a report released on Friday by the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Hale filed an open records request with the University of Kentucky, with the records revealing that the investigation had taken place. While the names of the players in question were redacted, it’s thought that Jordan Wright, suspended for the Cats’ season opener, and Chris Rodriguez, who has yet to play this year, were among the ones involved.
An employee for the hospital system saw a major red flag when players were “clocking in 5 or 6 days a week” for “mostly 12 hour shifts, some as much as 14”.
As the report notes, offering players part-time jobs in the offseason is, of course, permissible under NCAA regulations as long as work is actually performed. The problem lies in the possibility of players clocking in and out simply to get a paycheck.
It’s not known how long this happened or who all was involved outside of the two players cited in the report, but this isn’t a good look.