Former OU president reportedly denies any "inappropriate behavior or unlawful activity"


    FILE - In this June 2, 2016, file photo, University of Oklahoma President David Boren speak to reporters after the second day of the Big 12 sports conference meetings in Irving, Texas. The Big 12 board of directors meets Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Dallas and the topic of expansion will be addressed. Not necessarily decided, but definitely addressed. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

    The Oklahoman is reporting that the University of Oklahoma is paying one of the largest law firms in the world to investigate former OU President David Boren.

    The attorney and spokesman for Boren says he has not received any complaints against Boren after being told President Gallogly commissioned the Jones-Day Firm to investigated several people.

    Attorney Bob Burke released a statement saying, “it is a fishing expedition.”

    Read Burke’s full statement below:

    “This is not an objective search for the truth. It is a fishing expedition. It has been widely reported that the current OU president threatened to destroy President Boren. I hope this leak of a possible inquiry is not part of any agenda to smear President Boren’s good name.
    I have been told that President James Gallogly has in the past few months commissioned the Jones-Day firm to investigate several people. I have not been given a complaint or summary of any complaint against President Boren. To date, Jones-Day has not accepted our invitation to meet to talk about the matter. Jones-Day has been paid nearly $300,000 in taxpayer money and still won’t agree to even talk to President Boren’s counsel.
    Even though we have received no complaint, President Boren emphatically denies any inappropriate behavior or unlawful activity. He has been a dedicated public servant for more than 50 years and his life is an open book in Oklahoma.”

    The University of Oklahoma also released a statement saying they have received allegations of serious misconduct. The statement does not mention Boren.

    Read OU’s full statement below:

    “The University of Oklahoma received allegations of serious misconduct that it was legally obligated to investigate. The University retained the Jones Day firm to conduct an independent investigation, which is ongoing at the current time. Appropriate individuals will have an opportunity to be interviewed during the investigation.”

    David Boren was the 13th president of the University of Oklahoma.

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