Butlers return to mediation
The father-son court battle between Craig and Kyle Butler will get one last chance at mediation in an effort to avoid going to trial.
The pair tried to settle their differences through mediation, following their last court date on January 11. The matter was again brought before the court last Thursday for a trial date to be set.
The attorneys of both parties, with the consent of their clients, agreed to lead one last mediation effort to try and broker an out-of-court agreement.
Christopher Townsend, who represents controversial Phoenix Academy founder and football manager Craig Butler, revealed that Kyle’s attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson, made an overture to the presiding judge to attempt to solve the problem before trial.
“We went back to court, with mediation having failed, to set the trial date. An overture was made to see if we could assist the parties and we never had a problem to that, so we said yes. So it was decided to let the attorneys talk to them to see if we can ‘come again’,” Townsend said.
The new court date is set for June 16 and if this last effort to reach a consensus fails, it will be left to the court to adjudicate the matter.
However, despite the difficulty in reaching a settlement thus far, Townsend is confident that with both counsels’ combined 60-plus years experience, they should be able to help the Butlers find some common ground.
“By setting a mention date, they have given them enough time to talk to us. It is just for us to connect as counsels and try to reason things out,” he commented.
“So we are very hopeful that father and son can hug and join hands and put this thing behind them,” he added.
Kyle filed assault charges against his father, Craig, following an alleged physical assault at a Phoenix Academy training session at Mona High School last November.
However, Craig, the adoptive father of Jamaica’s Bayer Leverkusen star Leon Bailey, countered with a similar assault charge.