REPORT: Former Lafayette Head Coach Jordan files suit against the University

According to a report from Conduct Detrimental’s Jason Morrin, former Lafayette head men’s basketball coach Michael Jordan is suing the university for more that $5M for “for violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, wrongful termination, and breach of contract.”

The report states that Jordan claims “that over $980,000 remained on his 5-year contract and he wants all of it. Further, Jordan demands $5 million for alleged pain and suffering, damage to his reputation, and loss of future earnings.”

Jordan was placed on leave on February 21st of last season (his first at Lafayette). Lafayette released a statement at the time that read, “Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Jordan will be on a paid leave of absence while Lafayette investigates a complaint it has received about his work as head coach.” Jordan was eventually dismissed on March 29th. No further information was ever released about the nature of the investigation.

Morrin’s report further expresses that “Jordan argues that his “predecessor [Fran O’Hanlon], a white male, was the subject of repeated and severe complaints to the College for many years and was never suspended or terminated.” “The allegations against the former coach spanned decades and ranged from the mistreatment of Black athletes because of their race to specifically targeting individual players for harsh treatment.”

Before his time at Lafayette, Jordan served as an assistant at both Colgate and Drexel. Jordan is a 2000 graduate of Penn where he was a three-time All-Ivy League First-Team selection who led the Quakers to conference titles in 1999 and 2000. He was the Ivy League Player of the Year in 2000 after earning Rookie of the Year honors in 1996.

More on this story as the suit continues its progress through the courts.

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