Football Coach

An appeals court in Louisiana upheld the dismissal of a former college football coach’s racial discrimination claim against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s board and director of athletics, finding that he was fired because of his losing record and declining attendance at games. The plaintiff, Jerry Lee Baldwin, was the university’s first black head football coach.

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Sandusky Prosecutor

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended for one year the law license of Frank Fina, who investigated and prosecuted former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The court agreed with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel that Fina had improperly obtained grand jury testimony from Penn State’s then-general counsel Cynthia Baldwin. 

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Football Coaching

A high school football coach’s conduct may have been “distasteful” and offensive but did not amount to sex-based discrimination, the Sixth Circuit ruled. The players claim the coach referred to them with the term “pussy,” portraying them as “‘feminine’ and thus seemingly less valuable teammates in the ‘masculine’ setting” of football.

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Gig Economy

A class action in superior court claims Carlsbad United FC dba LA Galaxy San Diego hires coaches for youth soccer clubs, “willfully misclassifies” them as independent contractors to duck expenses such as payroll taxes, and fired at least one of them for doing independent training and coaching, in violation of the California Labor Code.

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Chicago Schools

A young woman claims the Chicago Board of Education and its Legal Prep Charter Academies hired Jamel M. Helaire-Jones as girls’ basketball coach, despite his previous arrest on charges of abduction and attempted sexual assault, whereupon he made her “acts of sexual contact and penetration with him in the locker room and gymnasium.”

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High School Sports

A former high school football player sued the Cache County (Utah) School District for negligence, claiming that after he took a helmet-to-helmet hit while playing for Ridgeline High School, and he told his coach he thought he’d suffered a concussion, the coach told him to “man up … quit being a pussy (and) get back out there,” in Cache County Court.

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Key Witness in NCAA Hoops Trial Details Bribery Plot

During three days of direct examination this week, the government’s key witness in the NCAA basketball bribery trial named the colleges, coaches and bribe amounts in an alleged conspiracy of pay off coaches to encourage their players to sign on as clients of a startup sports management agency once the young athletes turned pro.

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