Les Miles' attorney blasts Kansas decision to put coach on leave as, 'Bending to the winds of media blowback'
Les Miles’ attorney has fired back at Kansas for putting Miles on administrative leave following a report released by LSU that administrators there considered firing him in 2013 because of inappropriate behavior with female student workers.
In a statement, Miles’ attorney Peter Ginsberg described Kansas’ decision to put Miles on leave as being based on “media blowback” and categorized it as being “disturbing and unfair.” Miles was investigated after two female student workers in LSU’s football program accused the coach of inappropriate behavior.
“Bending to the winds of media blowback, Kansas has now decided to put Coach Miles on administrative leave,” Ginsberg said in a statement to ESPN and other outlets. “Before the release of the reports this week, Kansas had been provided with significant information supporting Taylor Porter’s conclusions. KU also had performed thorough due diligence before hiring Coach Miles. Kansas’ decision to put Les Miles on administrative leave is both disturbing and unfair. To fail to recognize that a person’s career should not be compromised by unsubstantiated allegations hardly is consistent with the example an institution of higher learning should champion.”
A 2013 investigation by the Taylor Porter law firm found Miles showed poor judgment, but it did not find violations of law or that he had a sexual relationship with any students. Taylor Porter also concluded it could not confirm one student’s allegation that Miles kissed her while they were in the coach’s car with no one else present.
The Husch Blackwell report detailed how the former coach “tried to sexualize the staff of student workers in the football program by, for instance, allegedly demanding that he wanted blondes with big breasts, and ‘pretty girls.’”
Miles, 67, is 3-18 in his first two seasons at Kansas, including an 0-9 mark in 2020. The Jayhawks’ only Big 12 win during those two seasons came over Texas Tech in 2019. Kansas last won more than three games in a season in 2009.