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Crazy parents: high school coaches are no longer taking your shit

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You sports parents are all worthless and weak!

If you’re going to start a whisper or online campaign against a coach, it’s best not to accuse of coach being a pedophile when she isn’t one, or send notes claiming to be lawyer, a high school girl and an official of the local teachers union while threatening to expose the coach as a pervert when he is not one. However, sending a letter to the school outlining specific, non-actionable complaints about a coach is A-OK.

Don’t take it from me. All of these examples were decided recently. The first two cases were successful defamation suits by coaches against parents, the last an unsuccessful defamation lawsuit by a coach against a parent.

Why are coaches getting quick with the lawyer trigger finger? Mary Anne Bojko, the coach who won her case against the parent who called her pedophile, explained why in an August interview with the Connecticut Sports Law blog. (By the way, she quit to get the harassment to stop).

I filed suit to put an end to the untrue comments that were being made about me. There was a group about me and comments kept popping up in the comments section of various online news sources. I was dealing with this on a daily basis. During the course of this case, my house was vandalized. I never found out who was responsible. At times I had police protection. When I initiated the lawsuit, I wasn’t thinking about my coaching career in the long-term, I just needed to do something to put an end to the situation. … Many coaches have said “it’s about time.”  Today’s coaches are dealing with so many outside distractions. Coaches are even changing game plans because of parents.  Undoubtedly some are deciding that it’s not worth it. Everyone is looking for a scholarship and everyone is looking for a lawsuit.

Written by rkcookjr

September 4, 2009 at 7:54 pm