April 21st, 2019 | by CollegeAD

The state of Arizona paid $999,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by former track and field athlete Baillie Gibson against the University of Arizona and a former assistant coach. The settlement comes after the state spent nearly three times that amount to defend the case. Former UA throws coach Craig Carter was sentenced to five years in prison last May after a Pima County jury convicted him of two felony counts of aggravated assault, stemming from a 2015 incident in his office at McKale Center. Carter admitted to UA police that he grabbed thrower Gibson by the throat while holding a box cutter in his other hand and threatening to cut her face. The pair had been involved in a years-long sexual relationship that Gibson said was not consensual. Gibson sued Carter and the UA in November 2015, saying that school officials knew about the relationship but failed to intervene. In her preliminary claim filed with the state, Gibson asked the UA to settle the case for $2.5 million. The settlement agreement between the UA and Gibson includes a “no admission of liability” clause. -Caitlin Schmidt, Arizona Daily Star, Read More

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