Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Bow Tie Attorney Denies Frat Bro Client Was Butt Chugging
This press conference by Tennessee attorney Daniel McGehee tops all of Gloria Alred's publicity-seeking press conferences for her clients. McGehee is representing a 20-year old University of Tennessee student who was hospitalized a couple of weeks ago in critical condition after over-consuming alcohol at a fraternity campus party. Initial police reports claimed Alexander Broughton, a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, registered a blood alcohol level of more than 5 times the legal limit. A police report claimed Broughton became so intoxicated as a result of a butt enema, commonly known as butt chugging, that he passed out. The bow tie clad attorney told reporters at a press conference with Broughton and his fellow fraternity brothers looking on that the butt chugging claim in the police report is patently false, and he vowed to sue those who have made the false claims against his client for defamation. He also vowed to take legal action for the divulging of confidential health information about the blood-stained condition of Broughton's anus while he was being treated at the university hospital. Initial police reports indicated that he appeared to be the victim of a sexual assault. “Upon extensive questioning it is believed that members of the fraternity were using rubber tubing inserted into their rectums as a conduit for alcohol as the abundance of capillaries and blood vessels present greatly heightens the level and speed of the alcohol entering the blood stream as it bypasses the filtering by the liver,” Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk stated in a news release Monday. McGehee wanted to make it clear that Broughton is not gay. “Mr. Broughton denies each and every allegation whatsoever that has been infered that he may have been a gay man. He is a straight man,” McGehee says. “And he thinks the idea and concept of butt chugging is repulsive.” McGehee acknowledged that his client and fellow frat brothers were engaged in a drinking game known as Tour de Franzia in reference to the box of cheap red wine they were consuming. When his client was asked by reporters what actually happened, Broughton responded, "It's a long story." In a written statement, Brougthon claimed that his fraternity brothers at first tried to put him in the shower, and that he defecated himself when his shorts became lodged in his crotch. Yikes. He admitted that a rape crisis kit was requested to perform further examination of him, and that a doctor who treated him was concerned enough to conduct a rectal examination of him. He claimed the doctor didn't tell him what he found, but noted that he appeared concerned. Photos taken of the fraternity house following the incident show quite a bloody and messy scene. The fraternity claims the blood was caused by a fight that occurred during the party and was not Broughton's. I don't know. I wonder whether the attorney did more harm than good for his client by conducting this public spectacle.