COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The lawyer for a former Midlands football coach has filed suit against the school district and members of the school's administration in a lawsuit filed Friday.
The announcement comes after the Lexington School District Four Board of Trustees decided to take no further action on Greg Wright's request to get his job back as Swansea head football coach. Wright's lawyer held a press conference at this office Friday at noon.
The district fired Wright nearly two weeks ago after reportedly handling a player's heat-related injury improperly during a practice.
Wright and his attorney met with the board Thursday night during a special meeting.
The lawsuit alleges defamation, civil conspiracy, and interference with contractual relations.
The lawsuit states that one of the Swansea players complained to Wright he was feeling dizzy during practice. The player was taken out of practice and given ice. The lawsuit says the player fully recovered but was kept out of practice despite requesting to continue.
The next day, according to the suit, Wright was summoned to the meeting with Lexington 4 Associate Superintendent Justin Nutter. He was later dismissed as the Tigers coach by Nutter and acting Superintendent Linda Lavender. The lawsuit says Wright was terminated from the position on the grounds that "he was grossly negligant in the way that he failed to safeguard his players along with a litany of false charges and accusations about previous pretextual warnings and write-ups he received from Nutter and others."
Wright is seeking $300,000 for actual damages.
You can watch the brief press conference here: