Dennehy's mother denies drug claims

Updated: August 19, 2003, 2:24 PM ET

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- The mother of slain Baylor University basketball player Patrick Dennehy said she wants justice and condemned former coach Dave Bliss for telling lies about her son.

"He is a constant liar. I have no respect for him at all," Valorie Brabazon said of Bliss.

"He has something to hide, and he's trying every angle, including putting a lot of bad words out there about us, and it's not going to work," she told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Brabazon, who lives in Carson City, said she also believes Bliss was somehow involved in her son's demise.

Dennehy's decomposed body was found July 25 in a field near Waco, Texas. A former teammate, Carlton Dotson, has been charged with his murder.

In audio tapes secretly recorded by an assistant coach on July 30, July 31 and Aug. 1, Bliss said, "What we've got to do here is create drugs."

Bliss resigned Aug. 8 when the school announced he had been involved in improper tuition payments to Dennehy and another player.

Bliss admitted he tried to get players and an assistant coach to lie about Dennehy so they wouldn't look more closely at the basketball program.

Baylor investigators said they found no evidence Dennehy, 21, was involved in drug dealing. Baylor officials said one unidentified player tried to use the drug story with investigators but recanted once the tape surfaced.

Brabazon said she believes Bliss' actions show he is somehow mixed up in her son's disappearance. The audio tapes indicated that Dennehy had told his coaches that another player, not Dotson, had threatened him.

"He's covering himself for whatever reason," she said. "Whatever David Bliss is saying about my son, he will have to answer to God for."

Brabazon said her family has never met Dotson and she doesn't have any idea why he would want her son dead.

"I never even heard of him until my son disappeared," she said.

Dennehy grew up in Northern California. Brabazon and her husband, Brian Brabazon, moved to Carson City in 2001 from San Jose.

Brabazon said she hopes to get some answers soon as to why her son was killed.

"Right now we have a lot of questions, we're hearing a lot of stories, and there are a lot of missing pieces," she said.

"I want justice for my son."

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