Colorado chancellor suspended, MacIntyre to make donation in domestic violence case
A law firm determined that there was no 'bad intent' by administrators and MacIntyre, only 'mistakes'
Colorado chancellor Phil DiStefano has been suspended for 10 days while athletic director Rick George and coach Mike MacIntyre are being asked to make $100,000 donations in the wake of their mistakes in handling an alleged domestic violence case involving former assistant Joe Tumpkin.
CU president Bruce Benson announced Monday that the three individuals had been reprimanded for their missteps in the Tumpkin case, which was brought to light by a former girlfriend of Tumpkin's in Sports Illustrated in February. According to Tumpkin's accuser, the former Buffaloes assistant physically abused her on multiple occasions during a two-year period.
George and MacIntyre must make donations in the effort to bring about more domestic violence awareness. The Denver Post reported the following ...
The announcements followed a meeting of the CU Board of Regents after an investigation into how officials responded to a claim of domestic violence by Tumpkin's former girlfriend. The investigation concluded three "failures" by the university, according to former U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, a partner in one of two law firms that created a report on the incident: a failure to report domestic violence allegations; a failure to report the information to law enforcement officials; and a failure of supervision of coach Tumpkin.
In early December, MacIntyre spoke to Tumpkin's accuser. On Dec. 16, he made Tumpkin Colorado's acting defensive coordinator for the Alamo Bowl against Oklahoma State following the departure of Jim Leavitt to Oregon. According to a previous CU statement, MacIntyre informed George of what he had heard, who then informed DiStefano. In a February statement, MacIntyre explained "Tumpkin was made the play caller for the bowl game because, at the time of the decision, there was no police report or legal complaint. This decision was approved by my superiors."
Tumpkin's accuser had filed for a restraining order against the coach. Tumpkin resigned from his position in late January.
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