For the people

I dislike the NCAA as much as anybody, but, damn, this is going to be — hell, already is — a real shitshow.

Luke Hancock said he can’t go more than two days without somebody asking him if he had strippers in his college dormitory.

To the former Louisville basketball star, those interactions are evidence of his sullied reputation, a lingering effect of an NCAA investigation and sanctions tied to the escort scandal at the University of Louisville.

A lawsuit filed against the NCAA on Wednesday by five former University of Louisville men’s basketball players is an attempt to redeem reputations.

The five plaintiffs — former Louisville players Hancock, Gorgui Dieng, Stephan Van Treese, Tim Henderson and Michael Marra — are seeking “a declaration that they are completely innocent of any wrongdoing as implied by the NCAA,” according to the lawsuit, which was filed in Jefferson Circuit Court.

The suit accuses the NCAA of portraying members of the 2013 team in a false light and seeks to restore the team’s 2013 national championship and associated accolades, which were vacated by the NCAA along with 123 wins as a result of the escort scandal.

“People’s reputations matter,” said attorney Keith Mitnik, who is representing the players.

Hancock, flanked by eight attorneys, was the lone player present Wednesday at a news conference to discuss the lawsuit. The former Louisville team captain wore his championship ring and sat stone-faced as attorneys invoked LeBron James, Louis Brandeis, Muhammad Ali and novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter” in a bizarre 35-minute prelude.

Lead attorney John Morgan, of personal injury law firm Morgan & Morgan, cast the NCAA as an overreaching bully, an organization with no authority to investigate — or levy punishment for — criminal actions.

Yeah, this is going far.  (Although, sure, I’d love to watch Petino’s deposition, if things ever got to that stage.)

Bonus derp:

As the lawyer’s adage goes, if you have the law on your side, argue the law; if you have the facts, argue the facts; if you have neither, pound Donald Trump.

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15 responses to “For the people

  1. ASEF

    Trump’s too busy talking up Putin and trying to reset Europe strategically to the 1930s. Because it worked so well the first time.

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  2. Mayor

    An interesting point has been raised by this lawsuit. What is supposed to happen to innocent players when a school’s coaches and administration commit violations that cause the team as a whole to be stripped of awards and thereby sully their individual reputations? Maybe the University of Louisville and Rick Pitino should be defendants?

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  3. David K

    Morgan & Morgan? Was Ken Nugent not available? One call that’s all.

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  4. Whiskeydawg

    Do you think Otter or Pinto would’ve sued over rumors of strippers? Who are these guys?

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  5. Rob

    Wait, wait…I can’t stop laughing.

    The lawyer:
    -Filed a lawsuit in a circuit court
    -Casts the NCAA as an overreaching bully

    THEN:
    -Calls for President Trump and Congress to weigh in???

    Correct me if I’m wrong (and I’m not)
    -The Circuit Court is below the Supreme Court in the hierarchy of the Judicial System/Branch of Gov’t
    -The President is part of the Executive Branch and not the Judicial
    -Congress is the Legislative Branch and not the Judicial.

    So, he claims overreach and then calls for it??? Good Lord.

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    • 69Dawg

      It is all the more BS since John Morgan is a tried and true Democrat here in Florida. He lead the charge for medical MJ and even thought about running for governor as a Dem. He was just doing what tort lawyers do best, throwing shit against the wall and hope some of it sticks. That being said I hope he can succeed in getting the NCAA to stop punishing players that were not even in school. Fine the University or the coach but if you can’t go after specific athletes then don’t punish the whole team.

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      • Rob

        Roger that, I have always been in the same court with you. If the administration/school runs afoul of the rules then punish the school/individual players. The kids, in my opinion, should be free to transfer anywhere they wish without sitting out a year in such cases. I am not convinced by the (granted small sample size) above if John Morgan is up to the task.

        I don’t know John Morgan since I am in GA, but if I were in that court room I would have had a very hard time not laughing my way into an escort out of court.

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        • an “escort” out of court. I see what you did there.

          Anyway, every time I have the urge to act like a Get-Off-My-Lawn old person towards these “idiot college athletes”, I have to remember that I generally engaged in about 99.9% of the non-felonious behavior they get ripped so hard for. OMG ! Strippers in a dorm room ! We had a strip club that google maps will tell you is a 3 minute walk from the UGA president’s office.

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