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June 12, 2021
Kylee McLaughlin, a former volleyball player at the University of Oklahoma, is suing her coaches and the school after she alleged that she was stigmatized as a racist due to her conservative political views.
The case is currently being reviewed in Oklahoma City by a federal court. Kylee claims that she was “frozen out” of the Oklahoma Volleyball team program last year because she did not share the same political ideologies as her teammates and coaches. According to Daniel Caova over at Fox News, “For the 2020-21 season, McLaughlin says that she was forced into taking a redshirt year, which led to her transferring out to the University of Mississippi for her final year of eligibility as a student-athlete.”
In the court documents, McLaughlin said that the team was forced to watch the 2016 documentary “13th” which is about the incarceration of Black people in the United States. McLaughlin is starting off by suing her former coach at Oklahoma, Lindsey Gray-Walton, as well as her former assistant coach, Kyle Walton. According to a report from The Oklahoma, McLaughlin is expected to sue for a minimum of $75,000 for each of the five complaints, one of which is an infringement on her First Amendment rights.
ARTICLE: ETHAN FINN
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA ATHLETICS