Lawsuit claims benching player was equivalent to bullyingA lawsuit filed by a former California high school baseball player claims that being benched by his coach was the equivalent of bullying.
Robbie Lopez and his parents are seeking at least $150,000 in the lawsuit against Lopez’s former coach, Gabriel Lopez (no relation), according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. The lawsuit claims that the Los Altos High School coach refused to let Robbie Lopez play through his senior year, which amounted to “harassment and bullying.” The lawsuit also names the school district.From the article:
“For over four (4) months and 14 games, (Robbie Lopez) has been benched and not the opportunity to show his offensive or defensive capabilities,” the suit states.
Michael Ponce, the lawyer representing Robbie Lopez and his parents, said the prolonged period of relegating him to the bench is “an abuse of the coach’s discretion.”
“It’s more of a targeted situation” than a standard case of a coach using his own judgement, Ponce said. “These are repeated actions by the coach, which we feel, my client and I, as well as his father, feel are intentional. They’re targeted against (my client) specifically.”
These types of lawsuits are not entirely uncommon. In 2016, a Florida teenager threatened a lawsuit after she failed to make the cheerleading squad. Earlier this year, a former cheerleader in South Carolina won a $100,000 judgement after successfully arguing that her coach made derogatory remarks about her body. Ponce, Robbie Lopez’s attorney, calls the California lawsuit “more egregious” than what took place in South Carolina, according to the article.
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