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 suit filed by former Bulkeley High School coach Pablo Ortiz against Hartford’s superintendent of schools seeks damages and reinstatement as football coach.
The 53-year-old Ortiz’s lawyer tells the Hartford Courant (http://cour.at/2whv7vX ) 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.
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A city schools spokesman said the superintendent had no comment on the suit.
Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com