Dawn Brown, the former coach of the Prairie View A&M women’s basketball team who was fired for removing players from the team for violating the team’s dating rules, is now filing a lawsuit against the school for defamation. According to the lawsuit, Ms. Brown is seeking more up to $1,000,000 in damages plus attorney’s fees.
The issue stems from a team rule forbidding team members to date fellow players or staff. After removing two players from the team for breaking this rule, school administrators conducted an internal investigation and fired Brown claiming she violated Title IX with the rule. According to the lawsuit, however, Brown’s policy did not violate Title IX because the rule applied to “any and all dating or personal relationships between a man and a woman, a man and a man, and a woman and a woman.”
Brown seeks $100,000 for breach of contract as specified in her employment contract, as well as additional damages for defamatory comments made by the school which have since prevented her from being able to secure another coaching job.
“This investigation I think that was done, it ruined my career,” Brown commented in an interview with Fox 26 Sports. “It’s not about money. It’s more [about] earning my name back.”
Brown’s counsel, Attorney Todd Slobin of Shellist Lazarz Slobin LLP, commented further on the situation. “We really felt that the only way to clear her name, the only way to potentially get her another job in the community or at another college, is to go and pursue her claims against Prairie View. This is one of those cases, it really is, about justice and clearing her name.”
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