Craig James helped use his national media voice to get Mike Leach fired by Texas Tech for allegedly locking Adam James in an electrical closet. Adam James has admitted in court that this did not happen. Mike Leach has taken legal action against Craig James in response.
A man used his power to take another man's job. So, of course, it's Mike Leach that's doing the bullying here.
Update: Via Awful Announcing, there's now a video version:
"I did nothing more than support my son against a bully," James said. "It was a bully act what he did, an evil act against Adam, he didn't do it just once, but twice.
"There are no alleged. It's under oath by doctors, trainers, and players who were there, that Mike ordered [Adam] to be put away in dark, solitary confinement twice, punishing him for having a concussion. Any parent I know would have done exactly what we did.
"All of these other things you've heard are lies and distractions about what a man did to a fellow human being. He wronged someone. All we did was support our kid. And anyone who doesn't understand that, I don't want their vote."
Note how it's now "put" in a "dark, solitary confinement," rather than "locked in an electrical closet," which was the original story. Leach did indeed order James the younger to be put in a quiet, darkened place. The alternative was to have him walk around the bright practice field with a concussion. The player was ordered not to enter the closet, but did anyway just to take a funny photo. That's Adam James' own version of events.
Referring to it as punishment is also really something. It's sort of like arguing that having a player drink water is a punishment for playing football when it's hot.
Leach's new Washington State crew is practicing for 2012, and Craig James is throwing money at a doomed Senate race. So whatevs.
ht Dennis Dodd