*I guess we can file this under karmic retribution, or perhaps the Shakespearean saying, “Thou doth protest too much.” After Edward Jones, a tenured professor of 20 years at Alabama A&M University, filed a lawsuit against the school with the intention of bringing certain administrative concerns to light; and the school, in turn, started termination proceedings against him, an irrefutable sex tape of Jones was stumbled upon in the process.
If we were keeping score, this would definitely be one for the university!
The tape, found on a university-owned laptop at Jones’ home, showed Jones in three sex acts, twice showing the professor having oral sex with two different male students. All three instances occurred on the Alabama A&M campus, the school said.
Jones’ lawsuit had claimed years of harrassment by the school after he attempted to reveal the administrative issues.
Jones’ attorney, Lee Loder, is probably trying to wrap his head around this new revelation because he is mum beyond his clients actual lawsuit, thus far.
According to court docs, the accidental finding of the video occurred after Huntsville police and Alabama A&M police executed a search warrant.
Once the videos were discovered, Alabama A&M informed Jones he would be fired.
“There is convincing evidence that you have engaged in sexual conduct below minimum standards of professional integrity and misused university computing/electronic assets in gross violation of well-established university policy,” school Provost Daniel Wims wrote in Jones’ March 10, 2016 termination letter, which was included in the court file.
According to a memo from Alabama A&M police investigator Brian Ruble, two of the videos were made in 2011 and the third in 2012.
Jones previously received a letter outlining the school’s intention to terminate him after sexually-graphic photos were discovered on the professor’s work computer.
Sidebar: I swear, why can’t people be more in the moment?
I recall seeing a video of a major performer at one of her highly anticipated concerts. She gave one concert-goer the treat of a lifetime by singing to him. But when she saw he was busy videotaping the incident she outed his act saying, “Put the damn camera down. I am right here in your face!”
Do you recall who it is I am speaking of?
I know we live in an age of social media, but people’s fascination for recording “things” for later use (whether it be their own sexual gratification, blackmail, etc.) continue to get them in trouble. Why then, do they still do it?
Needless to say, professor Jones must be kicking himself right now. His 30-page lawsuit — which outlines 11 counts against the school and invokes the Alabama Public Employee Whistleblower Act spoke of all the wrongs that the university was allegedly doing. But with the revelation of his own dirty deeds, he has helped them put a nail in the coffin of his career.
Dumb. Just plain dumb. Make sure your own backyard has been cleaned up, before you point to the dirt in someone else’s.
I just made that up, but y’all get my drift.
“The inappropriate conduct exhibited by this former faculty member will not be tolerated on this campus,” reads a statement by Alabama A&M to AL.com.
Now the issue totally becomes about the university’s findings. And Jones’ lawsuit, no matter how on point, will most likely be swept into the background.