HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former Connecticut high school football coach fired amid allegations that he was abusive toward players has filed a defamation lawsuit.
The 53-year-old Ortiz’s lawyer tells the Hartford Courant that his firing earlier this year has “tainted his whole reputation” and made it difficult to find new coaching opportunities.
Ortiz kept his job as a social worker for the state Department of Children and Families after the agency could not substantiate allegations that Ortiz was verbally abusive and once slammed a student to the ground while breaking up a fight.
A city schools spokesman said the superintendent had no comment on the suit.
Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com
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