Coaching Abuse Allegations Getting More Attention
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DE PERE-- Following recent high profile case caught on camera at Rutgers University, and an abuse allegation at the University Of Wisconsin Green Bay, it may seem like coach on player alleged abuse is becoming more common. Legal experts argue that's not so, but the cases are getting more attention than ever.
A former St. Norbert basketball player recently petitioned to have his lawsuit against the school to be heard by the Wisconsin State Supreme Court. Tyler Wyand-Williams claims he was verbally abused by St. Norbert basketball coaching staff in 2008 and 2009, forcing him to leave the school. He filed a lawsuit against St. Norbert in 2010. He claims the abuse eventually caused him to go into severe depression and become suicidal. The case has been thrown out, but Tyler is petitioning the Wisconsin Supreme Court to look at the case
St. Norbert College Athletics Director Tim Bald sent this statement in response to Tyler's lawsuit:
“St. Norbert College stands behind its men's basketball program and its coaches. We are proud of our long and storied athletic history. We are pleased that a frivolous lawsuit brought against our program has been dismissed twice—first by the Brown County Circuit Court and then again by the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.”
Legal experts say there is a slim chance the Wisconsin Supreme Court will hear the case. Only about 60 of the approximately 800 cases petitioned to the court are heard.