Report details alleged $50,000 payment to Kansas player under Les Miles after reported threats, harassment from teammates
A troubling report has surfaced out of the Kansas City Star that details an incident that happened under Les Miles when he was the football coach at Kansas.
A player, Caperton Humphrey, the report suggests, said a feud with teammates escalated to the point they stormed into his apartment and threatened his family’s safety. But after he told KU, a confidential settlement was reached, the Star reported. Humphrey said during one incident, he had an argument with a pair of teammates — and the next day discovered someone had loosened the lug nuts on one of his tires, so he filed a police report.
The final resolution was KU’s athletic department agreeing to pay him more than $50,000 in benefits to go home after he reported threats and harassment from teammates.
Miles met with Caperton and the four other football players and reportedly asked both sides to apologize. Neither side obliged.
Miles, the report said, offered a different solution. The players would settle their differences on the practice field, pitting them against each other — head-on — in full-contact drills.
“I came out of that meeting, and I was like, (Forget) this,’” Caperton said. “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 over something dumb?”
A few weeks later, Caperton was gone, driving more than 700 miles back home to West Virginia.
KU Athletics said it would pay for the trip and more — as long as the family agreed to never tell their story.