CORAL GABLES (LALATE) – Jessica Dorrell Arkansas phone records between her and Bobby Petrino reveal the two exchanged text message and pictures over Petrino’s official Arkansas cellphone, for months. Bobby Petrino’s official Arkansas cellphone records reveal that the two exchanged photos, text messages, and countless calls, far before the Bobby Petrino wreck. The affair began weeks before Petrino’s wife, Becky Petrino, went to pick up her injured husband in the hospital April 1, 2012. Petrino and Dorrell have yet to comment about the texts and photos. And despite erroneous reports, the Jessica Dorrell and Bobby Petrino actual text message and texted photos have not been leaked online.
Arkansas provided Bobby Petrino’s official cellphone records last night. Pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act request upon Arkansas, those records were released to news Wednesday. The actual text messages and photos shared between Petrino and his mistress Jessica Dorrell were not released. But the time stamp and frequency of the communications were announced to news.
Bobby Petrino’s wreck report was released to news on Thursday April 5. While national news sought comment from Dorrell that Thursday, she refused. But phone records show that Dorrell and Bobby Petrino were talking it up, eleven times that day alone. The two even talked for two minutes at 3:30 pm at the time the report was being released. Bobby Petrino called from his university telephone number to Jessica Dorrell’s phone number, repeatedly, as the scandal was erupting that day. But as the scandal grew Thursday evening, Petrino began to call his agent. Four calls were made with Petrino’s agent Russ Campbell amounting to ten minutes.
So when did the Bobby Petrino Jessica Dorrell affair begin? That still remains unclear. Earlier this week, Arkansas officials confirmed to news that the affair began far before the April 1 wreck and before Dorrell’s hiring on March 28.
But now, phone records show the two were in constant contact around the clock beginning in September 12, 2011. The communications occurred during the early morning hours frequently.
Petrino and Dorrell texted ninety one times on a single day in September.
Officials tell news that the two then texted eighty-four times before the Arkansas game against Vanderbilt on October 28. For the school’s game against Alabama (a game they loss) on October 17, the communications didn’t stop; the two exchanged seventy-three text messages that week. When the team beat Troy, the text messages increased; Dorrell and Petrino sent seventy texts that day alone, officials tell news.
Officials confirm to news that the Jessica Dorrell and Bobby Petrino communications span seven months, with three hundred phone calls and over four thousand text messages. The phone records released between Petrino and Dorrell, a former Razorbacks volleyball player, amounted to three hundred pages.
Petrino’s wrongdoing, according to Arkansas, began at minimum when he hired Jessica Dorrell to work for him. Officials told news that Dorrell and Petrino already had an improper relationship going on when Dorrell was hired by Petrino for a position with Petrino. The application process was shorter than usual, officials told news. And at no time during that application process did Bobby Petrino tell his school of the conflict of interest in hiring his mistress for a new position with him.
The second issue with Arkansas officials was a check. Petrino issued to Dorrell a twenty-thousands dollar check recently. While the money came from Petrino funds, Arkansas officials said that Petrino never disclosed that exchange of money between the two individuals.
And the other major issue Arkansas officials had was Petrino’s misrepresentation of his wreck. Petrino and Dorrell went for a bike ride in the evening of April 1, days after Dorrell was hired by Petrino. For reasons still unknown, Petrino crashed the bike.
When Petrino and Dorrell emerged from the ditch, Petrino was badly injured and bloody. Larry Hendren saw the two and offered help, calling 911. The two declined help. Hendren claims the two got out of the crash screen in less than five minutes.
Trooper details released to news on Monday reveal that Petrino and Dorrell then switched cars at another location. During that switch, Dorrell headed on her own way, leaving Petrino in the care of a ASP officer. That officer exchanged information with Dorrell. The officer than took Petrino to a local emergency room.
But en route to the hospital, Bobby Petrino’s wife Becky Petrino called her husband. It remains unclear if she at point knew where her husband was, or what had happened. Soon she was told her husband was in a wreck, and she informed ASP that she would accept custody of the wrecked bike last used with his mistress.
Between Sunday and Tuesday, Bobby Petrino lied to Arkansas officials. He told them that he was alone on the bike. He told them he emerged from the ditch alone. He told them no one else was on the bike. Not only Dorrell’s details were fabricated by Petrino, but details about how he got out of the crash were untrue.
Arkansas, however, didn’t know that. It issued a news statement based upon Petrino’s lies that was false. It then held a news conference after Petrino was discharged in which Petrino continued to lie about what had happened.
Arkansas simply had enough. On Monday, Arkansas fired Petrino with cause, denying him his annual $3 million salary and his $18 million buyout provision. Dorrell has remained quiet through the entire scandal, never appearing in public nor releasing a statement to news. Becky Petrino has also not commented about the matter. Bobby Petrino has issued an apology to the school, its fans, and his family.
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