Dennehy's mother refutes drug claims

Updated: August 19, 2003, 1:50 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, of 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.

Dennehy played two seasons for the New Mexico Lobos before transferring to Baylor in the spring of 2002.

In audio tapes recorded July 30 and 31 and Aug. 1, Bliss, a former coach at New Mexico, said, "What we've got to do here is create drugs."

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.

Bliss resigned Aug. 8 when the school announced he had been involved in improper tuition payments to two players.

Brabazon said she believes Bliss' actions show he is somehow mixed up in her son's disappearance.

"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.

A former military policewoman, Brabazon said Dennehy had no experience with guns.

"My son never even owned a weapon until after he told the coaches that his life had been threatened. He hadn't even held a real weapon until he was in Waco," she said.

"I hope we get some answers, because 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," she added. "He died a horrible death."

Dennehy grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Brabazon and her husband, Brian Brabazon, moved to Carson City in 2001 from San Jose.

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