MADISON (WKOW) -- A source close to UW Athletics told 27 News former Associate Athletic Director John Chadima was intoxicated at a party in connection with the Badger football team's trip to southern California and the Rose Bowl and took part in "embarrassing" actions.
In a statement Thursday, former administrator John Chadima apologized for unspecified actions. "I have resigned as associate athletic director from UW-Madison so as not to bring disrepute to the University of Wisconsin."
"I make no excuses and accept full responsibility for my actions." Chadima's statement was released through Madison attorney Charles Giesen. Giesen declined comment when contacted by 27 News.
The source, who spoke to 27 News on the condition of anonymity because the source was not authorized to release information, said Chadima was "inebriated, embarrassing," in connection with a party during Rose Bowl week. The Wisconsin State Journal previously reported Chadima hosts a party for equipment managers and other members of the UW football entourage during football bowl weeks, but the source disputed Chadima was acting as a host of the party in which his drunken actions were connected.
An independent panel led by former Dane County Circuit Court Judge Patrick Fiedler is reviewing what University officials have said was Chadima's alleged misconduct. The review is taking place at the request of UW-Madison Chancellor David Ward. University officials have yet to respond to requests for comment on Chadima's statement and alleged party-related actions. A separate source with knowledge of the review told 27 News the panel is looking at whether the actions in Los Angeles were part of a pattern of conduct.
Vice Chancellor Vince Sweeny declined comment on Chadima's alleged actions, but said the review panel's work is expected to be completed next week.
The UW's traveling contingent's official hotel during the Rose Bowl was the J.W. Marriott in Los Angeles. Authorities in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Pasadena (site of the game) and South Pasadena have said they have no records related to contact with or investigation of Chadima.
Chadima resigned his $129,000 position days after university personnel returned from Southern California. Chadima's responsibilities included athletic department facilities and he was integral in the renovation of Camp Randall stadium.
"I deeply regret leaving under these circumstances and disappointing those people with, and for whom, I have worked and dedicated my career for the past 22 years," Chadima said in his statement.
In 1998, another drinking episode led to a university reprimand against Chadima. Badger quarterback Mike Samuel was convicted of drunken driving after driving in Chadima's truck with Chadima as a passenger.
MADISON (WKOW) -- Former UW-Madison Senior Associate Athletic Director John Chadima released a statement Thursday about his conduct that allegedly took place while the football team was in Los Angeles to play in the Rose Bowl.
When the university learned of an allegation of misconduct against Chadima, it placed him on administrative leave on January 6. Chadima resigned later that day.
Giesen Law Offices, S.C. released this statement from Chadima:
"It has been my privilege to work with so many wonderful and talented people
throughout my career at UW. I have resigned as associate athletic director from UWMadison
so as not to bring disrepute to the University of Wisconsin. I deeply regret leaving
under these circumstances and disappointing those people with, and for whom, I have worked
and dedicated my career for the past 22 years. I make no excuses and accept full
responsibility for my actions.
I would like to express my heartfelt apologies to the University of Wisconsin-
Madison, its athletic department, and all full-time, part-time and student employees who have
been affected by my recent lapse of judgment. I ask for their forgiveness.
Although I an unsure about what my future holds, UW-Madison will always
be my family, my life and my home. Thank you."
The original statement can be viewed here.
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