USC isn't the only university with a head football coach making the news, the University of South Florida is having some headaches of its own. A assault crime is serious business, can carry major penalties and may ruin the life of the accused if he/she is found guilty.
Jim Leavitt, former South Florida football coach, wants his job back, insisting his dismissal for allegedly striking one of his players and then lying about the incident was unwarranted.
"The allegations were misreported. I said that from day one, and I don't care how long it takes, I'm in this for my life -- my name, my reputation, my family," Leavitt said Monday during a news conference. Leavitt was fired last week after a university investigation concluded he grabbed one his players by the throat, slapped the athlete in the face and then lied about what occurred during halftime of a game against Louisville on Nov. 21.
When asked if he choked and slapped a player, the coach said: "Absolutely not. I've said that from day one."
Prior to the news conference, the law firm of Florin Roebig released a statement on behalf of Leavitt, saying the firing "is contrary to the terms of his contract" and violates the coach's constitutional rights. The statement said Leavitt "fully and voluntarily" cooperated with the university investigation and consistently denied any wrongdoing. It also noted the player and player's father had denied the coach acted improperly.
"Based upon the facts [rather than the conclusions] of the university's investigation," the statement continued, "Coach Leavitt's termination is unwarranted, and he deserves to be immediately reinstated in full to his former position."
The former coach is now in a position that many find themselves, accused of a violent crime and without a job because of it. A violent crime allegation can have serious consequences in all aspects of life. Depending on the severity of the violent crime, you can face probation, mandatory anger management classes, community service and even jail time.
Leavitt believes that his contract and constitutional rights were both violated because there was no basis to the conclusions made by the university, even though they stand by their findings. A thorough investigation and a fair trial are needed to find out whether Leavitt did, in fact, commit a violent crime or if his contract and constitutional rights were violated.
If you have been accused of a assault crime you need an experienced and professional team on your side to prove your innocence. The Los Angeles assault crime lawyers at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP will work diligently on your behalf to devise a defense strategy that is beneficial to you. In order to avoid or reduce the consequences associated with a violent crime, call us immediately at 1-877-781-1570.
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