Liberty University Says Falwell Did Nothing Wrong in Athletic Club Deal

Liberty University is denying its president did anything improper when the university transferred a sports facility to a university graduate who also worked as his personal trainer.

Reuters this week released an exclusive story implying the deal was shady. The headline read, “Falwell steered Liberty University land deal benefiting his personal trainer.”

But Liberty says the deal benefited the school and that the property had become a “drain on university resources.” A Liberty spokesperson pointed Christian Headlines to the statement supplied to Reuters.

The property, which includes tennis courts and a fitness center, was transferred in 2016 to Benjamin Crosswhite, who also had served as a personal fitness trainer to president Jerry Falwell Jr., and his wife. Crosswhite didn’t put any of his own money down toward the purchase price, Reuters said. It is now known as Crosswhite Athletic Club.

Liberty currently is leasing the tennis courts from Crosswhite Athletic Club, and Liberty’s tennis teams use them for practice, matches and tournaments.

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Source: Christian Headlines