Former Canton-McKinley football coaches sue school district leaders, father of athlete at centre of pizza scandal

STARK COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) – Six previous Canton-McKinley Superior School soccer coaches have filed a civil lawsuit alleging district leaders and a player’s father and legal professional defamed them, ruined their reputations and brought on the loss of their positions with the football staff.

Marcus Wattley and former users of his coaching staff members, including Frank McLeod, Zachary Sweat, Romero Harris, Cade Brodie, and Tyler Thatcher, are trying to get payment for destruction to their reputations induced by what they say are “false, malicious, and particularly defamatory statements” built by the defendants.

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The lawsuit names as a defendant each member of the Canton City School District board of education, the district superintendent, Jeff Talbert, the player’s father, Kenny Walker, and his attorney, and the coach who originally blew the whistle on the pizza controversy, Josh Grimsley. School board members named in the lawsuit incorporate Kim Brown, David Kaminski, Eric Resnick, John Rinaldi, and Scott Russ.

This lawful action stems from an incident exactly where coaches allegedly forced a member of the football group to try to eat a pepperoni pizza in violation of his religious beliefs throughout a conditioning session.

The lawsuit mentioned that the incident was an attempt to train an underperforming participant a lesson by giving him “royal treatment” when other gamers on his group ran drills. District leaders, it states, repeatedly dismissed the coaches’ ask for to think about proof demonstrating their innocence.

Edward Gilbert, the attorney for the 17-calendar year-aged student-athlete, referred to as the lawsuit determined.

“The lawsuit is a joke. It is shameful that Mr. Wattley and his legal professional have stooped so small to get a publicity stunt, understanding comprehensive perfectly that there is a felony investigation,” stated Gilbert, who is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit. “It is abuse of process, and it definitely is unfortunate.”

The coaches had been fired from their coaching positions in early June. 3 afterwards missing their working day careers with the district when the board declined to renew their contracts later that similar month.

“The incident on May 24th involving the soccer staff made use of a demeaning, divisive, and misguided method of self-control on our players. It was concluded adhering to a overview of the video of the incident and conducting interviews that the coaches executed themselves in a fashion that is not constant with our values as a faculty district. We have a dedication to preserving the basic safety and security of our college students each bodily and mentally,” stated Canton City Colleges Superintendent Jeffrey Talbert.

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