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Former Baseball Player Sues Coach, Claims Benching Him Was Bullying

In California, Former Los Altos High School baseball player Robbie Lopez and his parents are suing the head baseball coach Gabriel Lopez, claiming a “pattern of harassment and bullying.”

The suit alleges that Coach Lopez repeatedly denied Robbie the opportunity to take the field his senior year.  Robbie was a starting player three years prior to Coach Lopez being hired.  According to the suit, the Lopez family is seeking $150,000 or more from the school district and the coach.

Robbie’s father, Robert Lopez II initially complained to the school because he and the athletic director, Andrew Formano had a disagreement about a fundraising game.  Mr. Lopez believes that Robbie was benched as a result of not participating in the event.  The suit alleges that Coach Lopez punished other players that did not participated in the fundraising event as well.  In California, it is illegal to require students to fund raise in order to participate in public school activities.

Michael Ponce, the Lopez family’s attorney described Coach Lopez’s actions as an “abuse of the coach’s discretion,” regarding Robbie’s extensive time spent on the bench.  “These are repeated actions by the coach, which we — my client and I, as well as his father — feel are intentional. They’re targeted against [my client] specifically,” Ponce said.

 

September 1st, 2017 at 12:38 pm