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The Oldest College Newspaper in Pennsylvania

The Lafayette

The Oldest College Newspaper in Pennsylvania

The Lafayette

College seeks dismissal of Jordan lawsuit

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Former basketball coach Mike Jordan was fired during the 2022-2023 season. (Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Inquirer)

Lafayette College, in a filing last Friday, motioned to dismiss the lawsuit against it by former head men’s basketball coach Mike Jordan.

Jordan sued the college in November, alleging wrongful termination, racial discrimination and breach of contract stemming from his firing last spring. The college, at the time, mentioned publicly only that Jordan was let go for his workplace conduct, but in last week’s filing, the college divulged, for the first time, details of the investigation into Jordan that preceded the coach’s termination.

Specifically, the filing cites the letter sent to the administration by a student-athlete that sparked the investigation into Jordan’s conduct. The filing read that Jordan “verbally abused players including the use of terms that were sexist, racist and ableist; questioned the integrity of, and mocked, injured players who were following instructions of the medical staff.” 

The college goes on to claim that Jordan “retaliated against the student-athlete for voicing his concerns to the Director of Athletics,” adding that the player had previously voiced concerns to the athletic director, Sherryta Freeman, to no avail. Jordan denied any wrongdoing. 

Riley Ross III, Jordan’s primary attorney and a partner at Philadelphia-based Mincey Fitzpatrick Ross, LLC, did not respond to a request for comment left with an administrative assistant. Jordan previously deferred all comments to his attorneys.

The college’s legal office declined to comment, while its attorney and lead investigator, Christopher Moran, did not respond to a request for comment. 

Multiple basketball players from the 2022-23 season were reached out to for comment — none responded.

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Trebor Maitin, Managing Editor
Pennsylvania enthusiast.
Madeline Marriott, Editor-in-Chief
Maddie (she/her) is a senior English major with a Government & Law minor. As the Editor-in-Chief, a Mentor Writing Associate, a Senior Student Contributor for Lafayette Communications, a Communications Intern for the Office of Sustainability, co-founder and Vice President of English Club, and a Senior Interviewer for Lafayette Admissions, no writing happens on campus without her knowing about it. Her Google Calendar would make your head spin. She is a die-hard Swiftie and Phillies fan, a collector of tote bags, a builder of a Hay Day empire, and an avid Goodreads and Letterboxd user. She smokes cigars and uses an old-timey typewriter and notepad in the newsroom.

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