Analysis: LSU strikes back against accuser of former player Derrius Guice as plot thickens
BATON ROUGE - As football coach Ed Orgeron and key LSU officials prepare to appear Thursday before a state Senate Select Committee investigating LSU's handling of sexual misconduct accusations against players, one accuser may have been discredited on Monday.
Gloria Scott, a 74-year-old Superdome security employee, testified at the committee's first hearing on March 26 in detail about how then-LSU running back Derrius Guice sexually harassed and propositioned her at a high school game on Dec. 9, 2017, in New Orleans.
LSU released taped phone conversations between youth coach Cleavon Williams, who is a friend of Scott's, and LSU associate athletic directors Miriam Segar and Verge Ausberry to several media outlets on Monday after public records requests. The conversations reveal that Scott may have been involved in asking LSU for $100,000 to keep quiet about the incident.
"I think what you said was, 'If LSU wants to protect Derrius and LSU wants him to play (in the Jan. 1, 2018, Citrus Bowl), and protect his character, that you expect LSU to provide monetary compensation to Ms. Scott,' " Segar says on tape to Williams in late December of 2017.
"Yes, ma'am. You got that very clear," Williams answers.
"She's never said anything about monetary compensation to me," Segar said. "She just said she didn't want him to play in the bowl or she'll go to the media. How much are you thinking she's asking for? What kind of compensation are we talking about?"
Williams: "I don't have a magic number."
Segar: "How much? I mean, you had to have talked to her about it if you're representing her interest. How much?"
Williams: "You tell me. What type interest is there in him playing in the Citrus Bowl?"
Segar: "No, you're asking for it. We're not offering anything. What are you asking for?"
Ausberry: "The number."
Williams: "Do you need to hear that from her?"
Segar: "Sure. I'd like to know. It almost seems like blackmail."
Williams: "It's not blackmail."
Segar: "Well, what is it?"
Williams: "It's straightforward. Now, in reference to her (Scott) supporting what I'm saying, that's not a problem at all. I'm not making this up. What is the value of Derrius Guice playing in the Citrus Bowl, man? And we go from there. That's the bottom line."
Ausberry: "What's a number?"
Williams: "I will call her (Scott) back."
Williams then described a conversation he had with Scott and other family members in which he said Scott said, "Well, they need to compensate me or whatever."
Williams said they didn't come up with a number. "Other family members already put that in her head. And they initially expressed all this to her."
Segar then repeated several times there would be no money.
"LSU is not going to pay money in this situation," she said. "It's unfortunate the circumstances and all that. It's just that we're not going to pay. LSU is not going to try to cover something up."
Still, Ausberry remained interested in how much Williams wanted for Scott to keep quiet.
"You're in the AAU world," he said. "Cleave, what's the number? What price do you think this would be worth?"
"I really don't know," Williams said.
Ausberry soon got the number via text from Williams, who said he got the amount from Scott through her grandson, Wendell Johnson.
"Due to public embarrassment and sexual harassment, the family is requesting $100,000 compensation for their grandmother," Williams said in a text to Ausberry at the time. "He (the grandson) stated that Ms. Gloria is emotionally distraught, cries upon bed time and has mental anguish."
LSU did not pay, Ausberry said. And Guice gained 98 yards and caught two touchdowns in LSU's 21-17 loss to Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl.
Lost in all this is a very important fact. Guice faced no consequences from Orgeron, Segar, Ausberry, or anyone for the Superdome incident. He also faced no consequences after two LSU female students told LSU officials in 2016 that he raped them. At least two assstant coaches, the Title IX office and an athletic administrator knew of the rape accusations, according to a USA TODAY report on Aug. 19.
The Husch Blackwell report on LSU's litany of sexual misconduct in recent years released on March 6 concluded the Guice section this way:
"Despite at least four reports of sexual misconduct during his short tenure at LSU, he was never put through the disciplinary process. There are also no records he was ever notified of these reports or that LSU intervened to provide him some targeted training."
Guice was selected in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft by Washington.He was arrested Aug. 7 on domestic abuse charges against his girlfriend and was cut.
Scott may have tried to get money, but she did better than LSU in addressing Guice's deviant behavior, as evidenced by her voicemail to Segar on Dec. 19, 2017, released Monday.
"I am not going to let someone disrespect me that way," she said. "And you are upholding this young man that's not going to do nothing with his life."