SWANSEA, SC (WIS) - Greg Wright and his attorney are one step closer to filing a lawsuit regarding the termination of the Swansea Tigers head coach.
According to his lawyer, Lewis Cromer, Wright will likely file the lawsuit if an agreement can't be reached regarding Wright's coaching status with the Tigers. Cromer told WIS the attorneys representing the district said a decision had not been reached and offered to meet with Wright to hear his side of the story. However, Cromer said that's not acceptable.
"With the stroke of a pen, the acting superintendent could rescind her action and let him continue to serve this year as football coach and, then at the end of his contract, make a decision as to what they wanted to do about him. We don't have to wait until Thursday and we're not going to let the ball be pushed down the road any further. A decision has to be made for this good man, this good coach, who loves his team and loves his school and who has an exemplary record in high school athletics."
Cromer did not identify exactly who the lawsuit would target. However, he did say that the lawsuit would deal with "defamation of character, interference with contractual relations, and other causes of action."
Wright was dismissed as the Tigers head coach after alleged "careless indifference towards his players and causing them injury." After finding out why he was dismissed, Wright was in shock.
"I was very disappointed because I always talk to these kids about being a part of something bigger than yourself," Wright said. "I believe in that wholeheartedly, doing right by these kids. So, just to see that happen at that moment, it was crushing to me because, ultimately, I care about those kids and I want the best for them."
While Wright's future hangs in the balance, his attorney said the goal of the lawsuit will be to clear the former Gamecock's name.
"I will tell you he has sustained tremendous damages and, unfortunately, the only remedy in the law to some degree is money," Cromer said "and, if we have to sue them, we'll sue them. But that's not what the coach is about and I'm with the coach."