Attorney Misconduct, Law Professors, Law Schools, Sex, Sex Scandals

Elderly Sports Law Professor Accused of Unsportsmanlike, Penile Conduct

It’s not every day that you hear about a law professor who allegedly exposed himself to a law student, but today’s just one of those days.

A criminal complaint has been lodged against Clark Calvin Griffith, a former adjunct law professor at the William Mitchell College of Law. Griffith is 70 years old, but he stands accused of unzipping his pants and forcing a female law student to squeeze his penis. Makes you wonder if they serve Viagra in the William Mitchell faculty lounge.

Let’s learn some more about the lurid allegations against him….

Griffith’s name might sound familiar to you because his father, Calvin Griffith, used to own the Minnesota Twins. And he must be rolling over in his grave right now, because his son hit it out of the park with these indecent exposure charges. From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Clark Calvin Griffith

The charges say that Griffith, 70, then an adjunct professor at the college, exposed himself and told the 24-year-old female student to touch his penis as they stood on St. Paul’s Victoria Street after a meeting at a restaurant.

The student had asked Griffith to work with her one-on-one in an independent clinic, the charges say.

A day after the encounter, alleged to have occurred Jan. 24, the woman reported the incident to law school administrators.

A spokesman from William Mitchell Law noted that Griffith resigned four days after the alleged incident occurred. But that’s not where the story ends, because the law student claims that Griffith’s pervy predilections went even further.

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Griffith is also alleged to have placed the law student’s hand on his groin while they were seated at the restaurant. The law student claims that Griffith then inquired as to her thoughts on pornography — because that’s not creepy coming from a man who’s old enough be your grandpa.

In an interview with the Pioneer Press, Griffith called the charges “ridiculous,” noting that “[a]nybody can charge anybody with anything, and I’ve done nothing wrong.” Griffith is reported to have repeatedly called, texted, and tweeted at the law student about the alleged incident — if true, that’s certainly “ridiculous.”

The Star Tribune has the details on a recorded phone conversation between Griffith and the law student. During that call, Griffith allegedly stated that he was in an “absolute daze” when he “unzipped”:

“I didn’t know what I was doing,” he allegedly said. “I came out of it in about 20, 20, or 30 seconds and then I said, ‘God, what am I doing?'”

You know what Griffith’s doing now? Facing 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine if he’s convicted.

For this poor girl’s sake, we hope that the allegations aren’t true. Because if they are, then she’s going to be plagued by visions of this man’s wrinkly, old balls for the rest of her days.

Mpls. attorney Clark Griffith charged with indecent exposure [Minneapolis Star Tribune]
Ex-law professor Clark Griffith unzipped pants in public, charges say [St. Paul Pioneer Press]
Clark Griffith, son of former Twins owner, allegedly unzipped pants, made student squeeze his penis
[City Pages]

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