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Friday, June 21, 2019

Report: Embezzled money directed to father of former LSU football player

FILE — LSU offensive tackle Vadal Alexander (74) in action against Auburn linebacker Tre' Williams (30) in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. LSU won 45-21. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

FILE — LSU offensive tackle Vadal Alexander (74) in action against Auburn linebacker Tre' Williams (30) in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. LSU won 45-21. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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An embezzlement case in Louisiana has produced allegations that the father of an LSU football player was paid $180,000 while his son was on the team and coached by Les Miles.

Now the head coach at the University of Kansas, Miles told a Louisiana newspaper that he had no knowledge of the payments. LSU administrators have confirmed they’ve turned information related to the allegations over to the NCAA.

“I didn’t know about it and wouldn’t have expected that in any way,” Miles told the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report.

A leader in the LSU athletic department told the publication that information has been turned over to the NCAA and that there is an ongoing inquiry into the matter. It wasn’t clear whether the referenced inquiry was by the NCAA or was in reference to legal matters related to the associated embezzlement case, which involves a Louisiana hospital and its chief fundraiser.

“LSU was made aware of specific allegations by (Our Lady of the Lake hospitals) officials in late 2018 and made that information immediately available to the NCAA,” stated Robert Munson, a senior associate athletic director at LSU. “As this is an ongoing inquiry, LSU will have no further comment.”

Formerly the chief fundraiser for Our Lady of the Lake hospitals in Louisiana, John Paul Funes pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to embezzling money from that organization’s foundation. The Business Report’s article says four sources confirmed that $180,000 of the stolen money was directed to James Alexander, the father of Vadal Alexander, who played at LSU from 2012-15. Court documents don’t name the individual who received the $180,000.

Per the Business Report, James Alexander received those payments while Vadal Alexander was a member of the LSU football team. Nadal Alexander became a seventh round NFL Draft pick in 2016, and played two seasons for the Oakland Raiders.

Such a payment potentially could violate NCAA rules related to impermissible benefits paid to student athletes or their families. Such rules violations could subject LSU to NCAA violations.

The Business Report also outlined that Funes paid the mother of former LSU quarterback Rohan Davey $107,000. Davey, however, was not on the LSU roster at the time of the payments, and more than half that money ended up being returned at Funes’ request, according to the Business Report.

KU hired Les Miles to take over its struggling football program on Nov. 18 of this past year.

Reached by the Journal-World to ask when Miles learned of the alleged payment, a KU spokesperson said Miles had no comment on the matter.

Comments

Bill Kackley 4 weeks ago

This is sick. Why do certain members of the LJW want to sensationalize anything that is vaguely related to the KU athletic program. If this story even hade something to do with student Joe Blow or professor Jane Smith it would never had been mentioned.

Brett McCabe 4 weeks ago

Bill, this is what actual journalism is. Trained pro's who take pride in their work. Literally nothing in the story assumes/accuses/implies but you seem to be mightily bothered by the actual reporting of news.

While you may have difficulty with "certain" members of the LJW staff, I'm guessing that the bigger problem is the space between your skull and your grey matter.

Dane Pratt 4 weeks ago

We like it when dirt is uncovered on other programs, just not ours.

Sae Thirtysix 4 weeks ago

Unleash the McCoob!!

(narcissist) — Personality trait or behavior of someone who has no empathy for people, constantly berating, blames others for their problems, selfish and controlling, and really horrific to be around. Tend to be interesting and gregarious when you first meet them, but eventually you realize that they only talk about themselves, only help if it benefits them more, and so on. Trouble holding a job due to problems working with authority figures. Have relationship problems for the obvious reasons, but believe it's all another person's fault. 🤦🏻‍♂️

Great job on the posts below - dipstick.

Waylon Cook 4 weeks ago

The "media"(is the LJW even on that level?) does realize people are done with BS melodrama, right?

Stuart Corder 4 weeks ago

This won’t affect KU in any way. The only association is Les Miles, but embezzling money from charity and then using it to benefit LSU is definitely an institutional level issue, NOT a head coach issue.

Len Shaffer 4 weeks ago

It never ceases to amaze me how many people denigrate journalists for simply reporting news. THIS IS A NEWS ITEM, PEOPLE!!!!! Although it APPEARS that Miles didn't know about these payments, he was nevertheless the coach of LSU at the time so it is a relevant story. I don't know why so many people fail to understand the concept of NEWS.

John Strayer 4 weeks ago

Yes it is new...but you cannot deny that the media play fast and loose with what they choose to report in order to generate clicks and eyeballs.

Brett McCabe 4 weeks ago

I'll deny it because it's lazy-a* b-sht from a numbskull.

Dirk Medema 4 weeks ago

Relatively speaking, I thought this was one of the least inflammatory articles, though there are few commenters that I would expect to call for the Coach’s head. Oh wait. It’s still the honeymoon.

Brett McCabe 4 weeks ago

So lazy. And predictable. And nonsensical. You are the Dwight Schrute of this website, except you don't have his work ethic. He was never so lazy.

Bill Kackley 4 weeks ago

Brett you are s full of it they can smell it all the way to New York City where the publish the Nation Inquirer. And that was what this article was suited for

Brett McCabe 4 weeks ago

Bill, even the National Enquirer would be appalled with your disregard for the English language. Why don't you throw a canvas bag over your should and start selling some issues of Grit? Last time I saw, Big Foot was having a fight with both a UFO and the Loch Ness Monster.

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