An Emery Wordwide Air Freight package was opened by someone and $1,000 was inserted into it in an effort to harm University of Kentucky assistant basketball coach Dwane Casey, Casey's attorney said during the taping of a television show.
Joe Bill Campbell said Friday while taping Lexington's WLEX-TV's "Your Government" news program that he believes circumstantial evidence points to a setup of his client in the controversy over the package, which was sent by Casey to a UK recruit's father.Campbell said depositions from Emery employees have revealed that the package was open when the money was discovered and did not come open in anyone's hands.
He suggested that because no one saw the package become unsealed, the money could have been placed inside the package after it left the UK basketball office and before it was discovered.
But neither Campbell nor Casey, who was also at the taping, indicated they had any evidence that someone tampered with the package - or who such a person might have been.
Both continued to say that no money was in the package when Casey sent it.
Almost two months ago, the Los Angeles Daily News reported that Emery Worldwide Air Freight workers in Los Angeles had found 20 $50 bills in an opened package being sent from Casey to Claud Mills, the father of UK basketball recruit Chris Mills.
At that time, workers were quoted as saying they discovered the money after the package "popped open" during transit.
Casey denied sending any money, and Claud Mills denied getting any.
UK and the National Collegiate Athletic Association are now investigating. Giving money to a recruit is a violation of NCAA rules.
Monday and Tuesday, investigators took sworn depositions from the Los Angeles Emery workers. Since Wednesday, after the depositions were completed, Casey and Campbell have begun talking publicly about the case - and saying that inconsistencies in the employees' stories support Casey's assertions that he did nothing wrong.
Campbell reaffirmed his position Friday that he is confident the NCAA will eventually agree with Casey.
"Their rule says evidence must be credible; it must be persuasive, and it must be the type of evidence that basically prudent people rely upon in serious matters," Campbell said. "When you have people giving inconsistent statements, that affects credibility."
Earlier Friday, Emery lawyer Fred Peters had said he thought the inconsistencies "minor," and added that the differences in statements might even make the testimony more credible, since one could expect different recollections from different people, even when they're all telling the truth.
Casey said during the taping that he believes his reputation has been permanently damaged by the allegation, and that he is considering suing Emery for defamation of character or invasion of privacy over the controversy.
Casey said he is happy with the support UK and head coach Eddie Sutton have given him.
"Coach Sutton has stood behind me. He did his research, talked to the people he needed to talk to to confirm the situation, and was satisfied with it," Casey said.
Casey has threatened to sue UK if it fires him because of the controversy.