As the US Senate campaign for former disgraced ESPN analyst Craig James goes nowhere, he may even have worse news to deal with thanks to his old friend Mike Leach. The new Washington State head coach has retained the services of a new lawyer, Stephen D. Heninger. And Heninger has come out with all guns blazing at Candidate James. A press release from Leach's lawyer indicates that James made conflicting statements and lied under oath, thereby committing perjury. The conflicting statements revolve around whether or not James used his power at ESPN to get Mike Leach fired...
"On December 12, 2011, Craig James signed a sworn Petition concerned with two books that recount the firing of Texas Tech coach, Mike Leach, in December 2009 regarding events between Leach and James' son (Adam James) who was a football player on that team at the time. This latest sworn Petition states that James was not responsible for Leach's firing. These sworn statements are in stark conflict with the sworn testimony taken earlier by depositions of Craig James, Adam James and Texas Tech officials which state that Craig James was working for ESPN and had a powerful platform and the Texas Tech President and the Athletic Director wanted to give Leach a private reprimand and a fine but James wanted an apology and Leach fired."
It appears that James has signed a new sworn petition defending his role in "standing up to evil" and "kicking the skunks out of the bushes" in Lubbock. I'm not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV, but this smells like perjury does it not? This new sworn statement is related to Leach's original lawsuit against ESPN and Spaeth Communications. That case has been stayed until the State Supreme Court rules on whether or not Leach has the right to also sue Texas Tech.
With the case stalled and James very publicly making a run for United States Senate, what better time for Leach and his lawyer to make a full court press against James? The conflicting testimony is as follows. In December of this year, with Craig James in the middle of his hopeless Senate run, he made these statements under oath:
* "Leach ordered the punitive actions, not for medical reasons, but to discipline and punish Adam James for 'his attitude' while he was diagnosed with a concussion."
* "The authors create and foster a false impression in their books, and in public media surrounding the books, that Craig James was responsible for Leach's firing by the University."
* "... the allegation that Craig James interfered with Leach's contract, by threatening TTU and its officials with litigation if Texas Tech did not terminate Leach, is illogical on its face. . .It is ludicrous and factually untrue to state that Craig James was the cause of the firing."
And here's the previous sworn statements Leach's lawyer cites proving James is not being truthful with his most recent sworn testimony in comparison to the original depostition from Texas Tech admins and Adam James himself: