July 11th, 2018 | by CollegeAD

Five members of the 2013 Louisville men’s basketball team are suing the NCAA, alleging they have been held in “false light,” a civil claim similar to defamation, after the team was stripped of its national championship in the aftermath of a scandal involving an assistant coach who hired strippers to entertain Louisville recruits. The suit claims that in stripping Louisville of its championship, the NCAA “implied that the Plaintiffs engaged in lewd and lascivious behavior, that the Plaintiffs received improper benefits, that the Plaintiffs competed while ineligible and the Plaintiffs are not champions.” The suit seeks a declaration that the players “are completely innocent of any wrongdoing as implied by the NCAA” and that the championships and awards won during the 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons remain intact. According to the suit, the players further seek “damages for loss of economic opportunity” that resulted from the NCAA’s punishments against the program. – Jim Higdon, chicagotribune – Read More

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