Former UConn Soccer Player To Sue After Losing Scholarship For Giving Finger To TV Camera – Hartford Courant
The lawyer for former UConn soccer player Noriana Radwan says she plans to sue the school, alleging that it revoked her scholarship after she gave the finger to a television camera.
Noriana Radwan, who now plays soccer at Hofstra , is scheduled to appear with her lawyer, Greg Tarone, at a press conference Monday morning in Newburgh, N.Y.
Radwan flipped the bird to a ESPNU camera while celebrating her team’s 3-2 victory over the University of South Florida in the AAC championship Nov. 9, 2104.
After the incident, UConn coach Len Tsantiris apologized and said Radwan showed “poor judgment and sportsmanship” and said Radwan would not play in the NCAA tournament.
In her federal lawsuit, a draft of which was given to The Associated Press, Radwan alleges that after the publicity died down, she was stripped of her scholarship midway through the school year without due process for what the coach described as “serious misconduct.”
“She was never given the opportunity to defend herself, or to appeal the decision in any way,” said Greg Tarone, her attorney. “They took away her dream and they took away her voice.”
Tarone also said that while Radwan’s offense was regrettable, it hardly rises to the level of “serious misconduct,” and the punishment was much harsher than what male athletes at the school have received for more serious offenses.
He noted the a UConn football player, offensive lineman Brian Cespedes, was not even suspended from his team after being arrested Saturday on misdemeanor assault charges stemming from a September incident that was not public at the time.
“It’s clear from the information I’ve gathered that there have been many other incidents of much more serious misconduct and nobody lost a scholarship over it,” Tarone said.
UConn spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said the school has not seen the lawsuit and cannot comment on it because of federal privacy laws.
Radwan, a midfielder, played in nine games for the Huskies as a freshman. She did not have a goal.
She transferred to Hofstra, where she is on a partial athletic scholarship. She started 17 games this past season, scoring six goals and adding an assist.
She is seeking monetary damages.
”What she really wants is to make sure something like this does not happen to any other young woman,” Tarone said.
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