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In their motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by former player Kylee McLaughlin, University of Oklahoma’s women’s volleyball coaches Lindsey Gray Walton and Kyle Walton say they are allowed to discipline players for political opinions because political disagreements can disrupt team unity.
the women’s volleyball team were required to watch the documentary “13th.” On June 11, 2020, McLaughlin’s lawsuit says Kyle Walton asked McLaughlin “to give her opinion on the video.” While saying slavery was wrong, McLaughlin said she also “expressed her opinion toward the end of the video that it was slanted ‘left’ and that it took some shots at what President Trump said and compared it with beatings of Blacks from the 1960s.”
Within four days of the mandatory team discussion of “13th,” McLaughlin’s lawsuit said coaches and teammates attacked her as “a racist and a homophobe” during a meeting and that Kyle Walton declared he was “not sure I can coach you anymore.”
By Oct. 6, 2020, the lawsuit said that McLaughlin received an email from the University of Oklahoma’s “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” office that required her to “be in an individual ‘Growth Plan’” that “involved a series of online training” about homosexuality and “unlearning” classism, ableism, trans and homosexual negativities, and sexism. She was also “forced to take courses on diversity and identities, communication, intra-culture communications, active listening, and identity of privilege and race.”
McLaughlin’s lawsuit states that no other member of the team was required to undergo an individual growth plan.
In their motion to dismiss, the Waltons continued to portray McLaughlin as a racial bigot despite not citing any specific examples, saying the coaches “did not place Plaintiff in false light” and that McLaughlin’s lawsuit “fails to state anywhere Defendants were aware that Plaintiff was, in fact, not racist or homophobic.”
Because an athlete’s political views may not be shared by other athletes, the expression of such views can be subject to punishment, the coaches’ motion argues, saying that “a player’s speech that potentially disrupts, distracts from, or hurts ‘team unity,’ ‘sportsmanship,’ or the ‘cohesiveness of the team,’ is subject to a coach’s remedial action.”
originally posted by: pthena
a reply to: Grimpachi
I don't understand what a red shirt year is.
She's claiming damages for future money she could have made as a professional volley ball player.
The coaches are the ones that required her to share her views, when they were not the same as theirs she was slandered and punished.
These coaches are also arguing that they are entitled to qualified immunity.
originally posted by: pthena
a reply to: Gothmog
She did her Freshman year at Oregon State University, where she earned PAC 12 Freshman of the Year honors.
Then 2018-2019 at OU.
Then according to the newspaper source she took a red shirt year and practiced separately. Whereas the OCPA source says she transferred to another University.
I found her listed as playing for University of Mississippi 2021, #9.
As far as Pro Volleyball, maybe it only started this year. Athletes Unlimited
But of course I know nothing about sports.