Men’s Basketball: Kevin Ollie threatens to sue UConn over defamation

 Kevin Ollie on the sidelines against Houston this season. (Charlotte Lao/The Daily Campus)

Kevin Ollie on the sidelines against Houston this season. (Charlotte Lao/The Daily Campus)

More drama has come to fruition as Kevin Ollie continues to fight for $10 million dollars that UConn has fought to avoid paying since his firing for just cause. According to ESPN, Ollie plans on suing the university for defamation after the release of transcripts relating to the NCAA investigation.

Ollie’s legal team has sought out a retraction after UConn released documents, which included former associate coach Glenn Miller’s statement that Ollie paid the mother of a former recruit $30,000 to secure her son’s commitment. The university released the transcript following a Freedom of Information Act request.

The problem according to Ollie and his legal team is that the transcript includes false claims and information that is confidential due to the ongoing legal process.

UConn responded to Ollie’s legal team in a statement to ESPN.

"UConn released the documents in direct response to a Freedom of Information request by Mr. Ollie's own attorneys," the school said in a statement to ESPN. "Other parties, including the media, also requested and received these same documents as required by Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in Connecticut. The FOIA, which governs public agencies such as the University, does not permit the selective release of public records to certain parties while denying those same records to others."

Ollie’s legal team have maintained that the recruit’s parent has never claimed that she received $30,000, nor was it included in UConn’s termination letter.


Michael Logan is the sports editor for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at michael.logan@uconn.edu.