Haggard: "I never kept it very long because it's wrong" (Update: 2:45 p.m.)
Ted Haggard this morning admitted to calling Mike Jones, buying methamphetamine from him, and hiring him for a massage, but continued to deny Jones's claims that he used the drugs or that he paid Jones for sex.
"I did call him. I did call him," Haggard told Denver television station KUSA as he drove out of his house this morning. "I called him to buy some meth but I threw it away. I was buying it for me but I never used it. I never kept it very long because it's wrong. I was tempted. I bought it, but I never used it."
Jones has claimed that he arranged for Haggard to buy methamphetamine from a third party, and that he saw Haggard use it at least a dozen times to enhance their sexual activity.
Haggard told KUSA that Jones first brought up the drug. The former National Association of Evangleicals president admitted hiring Jones for a massage, but denied having sex.
"I went there for a massage," he said from his vehicle, as his wife and others sat in neighboring seats. He learned of Jones, he said, through "a referral from the hotel I was staying at" in Denver.
"We're so grateful that he failed the polygraph test this morning," Haggard said.
TV station that first named Haggard says "we would not have aired the story" without him (Update: 2:45 p.m.)
Mike Jones first publicly discussed his accusations against Ted Haggard on a morning talk radio program on Denver's KHOW. However, neither Jones nor Haggard were named, with Jones only identifying one of his clients as a nationally known religious leader based in Colorado Springs.
KUSA, the television station that had interviewed Jones about the accusations two months earlier, first named both Jones and Haggard ...