Support for Former Drake Athletic Trainer Grows, Petition Calls for Reinstatement

DES MOINES, Iowa -- "We have supported Drake University, not only financially, we have supported the athletic department...but I will not give another cent to Drake University until they remedy this," said Kathleen McCall-Thompson. The mother of a former Drake University football player is furious with the way Drake has treated former Head Athletic Trainer Scott Kerr.

"I think that Sandy (Hatfield-Clubb), the Athletic Director, has shown bad judgment at best, and I think the HR department has, they`ve treated Scott terribly. They`ve humiliated him and I want to see something done," said Thompson.

Thompson has sent a letter to Drake University, expressing her "deep anger and sorrow at the recent events surrounding Kerr." That letter can be read here. When Kathleen's son, Alexander Thompson, was injured in the 2012 season opener at Indiana State University, it was Kerr who helped Alexander rehabilitate. "It was Scott that took care of him throughout the entire process," said Kathleen. "He got him to doctor`s appointments. He created a workout regiment for him...," she said.

During his 31 year career, Kerr did that for a lot of athletes, like Adam Lackey. Lackey played for the Drake University football team from 2000-2004. “I had pretty serious knee surgery in my senior year, and so from that point on, rehabbing, coming back from that, it was a daily occurrence that I was with Scott and working with him to get back on the field and get healthy," said Lackey.

“He’s the most important person in that rehabilitation role. Without him I wouldn’t have been able to get back on the field in the time that I did and it’s the long hours, the long days, late nights, early mornings that he was there, not only for me, but for so many Drake athletes, helping them get healthy and get back on the field," said Lackey. "That’s 31 years of athletes that he’s helped, and it’s no surprise to see the outpouring of support for Scott," he said.

That's why in less than 24 hours, more than 1,000 people have signed a petition calling on Drake to reinstate Kerr.