BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU officials fired Tiger Band Director Roy King after placing him on administrative leave on April 6. The firing was the result of a nearly four-month long internal investigation into King.
A termination letter was mailed to King Tuesday.
LSU spokesperson Ernie Ballard confirmed that King was no longer employed by the university and that the letter outlined "reasons based on an investigation related to adherence of policies, procedures and financial safeguards meant to protect Tiger Band and LSU."
King's attorney Jill Craft said the accusations included nepotism because King's daughter had interned with the School of Music. Craft said another concern was that King allowed scholarships to be awarded to members of the Golden Girls and the color guard. King was also held responsible for some petty cash that went missing from the desk of a secretary at the School of Music.
While King declined an interview, Craft said all of the allegations are "ridiculous." She pointed out several other examples of multiple family members working together at LSU and said Gold Girl scholarships have been awarded for decades. Craft said the accusation involving the missing cash is the most absurd.
According to Craft, the secretary who handled the money does not work under King and already reported the incident to the proper officials at LSU.
"It's sad that Roy King gets fired for it when he wasn't even this employee's supervisor and frankly she already mea culpa to the university. 'This was on my watch, oops, I am sorry,'" said Craft.
The attorney indicated the whole process was unprofessional at best, a witch hunt at worst.
"It's just a shame that's how LSU rewards loyalty," said Craft.
LSU Director of Bands Damon Talley met with Tiger Band members Tuesday afternoon to announce that the associate director of bands Dr. Dennis Llinas will take over the athletic bands as interim director. Students declined to talk after the meeting, although social media has been flooded with reaction.
"The Tiger Band is one of LSU's most treasured and respected institutions. Our priority is that it continues to thrive and prosper, and that the experience is as great for the students who play in it as it is for the band's many fans," said Ballard.
King has been a part of the Tiger band program for 18 years. Craft said they have not decided if they will pursue legal action.
Read the full statement from LSU spokesperson Ernie Ballard regarding King's firing below: