The story surrounding Bobby Petrino’s motorcycle accident took a turn for the worst, for Petrino anyway, when the police report from the accident revealed that Petrino was not alone during the time of the accident. He was joined by a Jessica Dorrell who had been recently hired as the student-athlete development coordinator for the football program.
Petrino and Dorrell left the scene, but eventually gave statements to the police. But apparently, when discussing the matter with Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long, Petrino did not mention that Dorrell was with him at the time of the accident. And now that the truth has come to light, Long has placed Petrino on paid administrative leave.
Here is Petrino’s statement released by the university:
“The state police report today provides an accurate description of my accident, which includes details that had not publically come to light prior to the report being issued. I regret that I have not publically acknowledged a passenger on the vehicle. I have been in constant pain, medicated and the circumstances involving the wreck have come out in bits and pieces. That said I certainly had a concern about Jessica Dorrell’s name being revealed. In my press conference, I referred to her simply as ‘a lady’. My concern was to protect my family and a previous inappropriate relationship from becoming public. In hindsight, I showed a serious mistake in judgment when I chose not to be more specific about those details. Today, I’ve acknowledged this previous inappropriate relationship with my family and those within the athletic department administration.
I apologize to my wife, Becky, and our four children, Chancellor (David) Gearhart, Jeff Long, the Board of Trustees, University administration, my coaching staff, student-athletes and the entire state of Arkansas. I have been humbled by the outpouring of concern and get-well wishes. I apologize to the Razorback Nation for the attention my actions have brought to the University of Arkansas and our program. I will fully cooperate with the University throughout this process and my hope is to repair my relationships with my family, my Athletic Director, the Razorback Nation and remain the head coach of the Razorbacks.”