Peter Goplerud, a sports law expert at the Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Fla., worked as the law school dean at Oklahoma, Drake and Southern Illinois. The co-author of a sports law textbook was part of asked by the state’s Board of Regents to evaluate the policies and procedures at the University of Iowa in the sex-related case involving former Hawkeye football players Cedric Everson and Abe Satterfield.
During a news conference Monday night in which Boles and Palo worked to shape their public message, Palo was asked whether he wanted the opportunity to outline what happened the night of May 18 and replied, “Um, not really.”
Would that clipped response create a public perception that other truths are being hidden?
“There certainly will be people who think that,” Goplerud said. “But it’s pretty much standard advice in a situation like that to really not comment on it. That dismissal does not preclude, in any way, the victim filing a civil action. Anything he could say that could be used against him at a later time. That’s the advice I would give him.