Former Atlanta Falcons coach Bobby Petrino held a press conference on Tuesday to talk about Sunday’s motorcycle crash that landed him in a hospital with broken ribs and neck injuries.
According to ESPN, the Arkansas Razorbacks football coach, “who is married with four children, didn’t mention he had a passenger during a news conference on Tuesday, two days after Sunday’s accident, and a school statement that day quoted Petrino’s family as saying “no other individuals” were involved.”
Petrino also didn’t tell his athletic director that his passenger was a woman half his age, or that she worked for the university.
Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long announced the decision to put Petrino on leave at a late-night news conference. He said he didn’t know about Petrino’s passenger — 25-year-old football program employee Jessica Dorrell — until the 51-year-old Petrino called him Thursday afternoon, minutes before a police report was released that disclosed her presence at the accident.
Petrino told Long that he had spent Sunday with his wife, Becky, at a lake and was going for an evening ride when he lost control of his motorcycle.
“When I came out of the ditch, there was a lady there that had flagged down a car,” Petrino said. He didn’t mention that “the lady” had been riding with him on his motorcycle when he crashed.
In a statement issued Thursday, Petrino said he was hoping to repair his relationship with his wife, his family and the Razorback Nation.
Petrino said he had been concerned about protecting his family and keeping an “inappropriate relationship from becoming public.”
But protecting his family was far from his mind when he carried on an illicit romance with a woman old enough to be his daughter.
Like most men, Petrino wasn’t concerned about his relationship with his wife in the days and months before he lost control of his motorcycle and skidded off a rural, two-lane highway.
Petrino freely sowed his wild oats, believing he was doing nothing wrong — as long as his wife didn’t know about his sexual liaisons.
Isn’t that always the way a wife finds out her husband has been cheating on her?