Disgraced former Baylor president and chancellor Ken Starr is doing what disgraced former powerful people tend to do; he’s writing a book.
Ken Starr says he has a book coming out as quickly as possible and it will discuss his time at Baylor.— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) September 24, 2016
Speaking at a Texas Tribune Foundation event, Starr again gave his side of the Baylor sexual assault scandals that ended up causing his resignation from the highest office at the university in June. He defended former head coach Art Briles, who was fired after his coaching staff allegedly interfered in investigations.
Starr: "Briles has devoted his life to molding the lives of young men. ESPN [has] done Coach Briles as grave and serious injustice."— Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) September 24, 2016
Kenn Starr says Art Briles got a raw deal. "I have great confidence to this day in Coach Briles. I believe he’s an honorable person."— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) September 24, 2016
He also asserted plausible deniability over a situation that happened under his watch.
Starr says he doesn't know anything about this. He says he doesn't know anything a lot. "I'm learning things." https://t.co/8gHuxcyFml— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) September 24, 2016
Starr says there needs to be better bystander intervention on college campuses to prevent sexual assault. #TTF— Brittany Shulman (@brittanyshulman) September 24, 2016
#TTF Starr emphasizes again that all of the episodes he knows of were off-campus.— Jessica Luther (@scATX) September 24, 2016
#TTF Starr keeps saying how students and student orgs never told him anything when he met with them over last few years.— Jessica Luther (@scATX) September 24, 2016
And also reiterated that he wants a fuller version of the independent law firm’s investigation into Baylor released, which isn’t likely to happen, because that longer version no longer appears to exist.
Ken Starr says he wants the Pepper Hamilton report released and it's the board of regents not releasing it.— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) September 24, 2016
He threw in an ounce of victim blaming as well.
Starr says cases of assault involved off-campus drinking. "My encouragement to students is, don't go to these off campus parties." #TTF— Madlin Mekelburg (@madlinbmek) September 24, 2016
Starr did well to face questions directly from an audience and not in a one-on-one interview situation, but with the tone-deaf responses he often offers we’re ready for Starr to just pipe down.