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Debby Jennings' lawsuit against the University of Tennessee and athletic director Dave Hart was amended Wednesday in response to a UT official refuting the original suit's claim that Hart told former women's basketball head coach Pat Summitt that she would not be coaching the team during the 2012-13 season.
The amended complaint was filed in federal court by Jennings' lawyer, David A. Burkhalter. The document included a sworn affidavit from Summitt, corroborating the original suit's claim of the aforementioned meeting between Summitt and Hart, which took place on March 14, the day before the team traveled to Chicago to begin the NCAA tournament.
Summitt said that she told several people about the meeting, including Jennings. Summitt also said in the affidavit that she didn't tell these people of speaking again with Hart and Hart indicating that Summitt "misinterpreted what he said."
In response to the suit's claim involving Summitt, UT spokesperson Margie Nichols last Thursday said, "that statement is absolutely not true. It was Pat's idea to be head coach emeritus."
Nichols' quote is referred to in the amended suit.
Jennings' suit alleges "unlawful discrimination and retaliation" after her abrupt departure this spring from an athletic department that she served for more than 35 years as the primary media contact for Lady Vols athletics.
More to come online and in Thursday's News Sentinel.
Debby Jenningss basketball head coach Pat Summitt that she would not be coaching the team during the 2012-13 season.
So what exactly is the suit over?
I'm lost too. Maybe my reading comprehension is not what it once was!
Debby Jennings is suing the University of Tennessee and athletic director Dave Hart over allegations that age and sex discrimination led to her forced retirement from the school.
I can see age being part of the suit but to include sex is stupid.
Perhaps Pat decided to retire on her own but forgot.
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Yes....I down voted you and if I could, would down vote a whole lot more. Dementia....Alzheimer's....nothing to joke about.
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It is not anything to joke about but if you have it you need to retire.
Pat might have needed to step down, we all thought so. If she was urged, she didn't have to agree. Why is this lady a party harmed by the situation? Is she a layer?
Why so serious?
Either everything's okay to joke about or nothing is.
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I've had family members with both diseases. You have to laugh at the things that happen because of it to keep from crying.
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Trust me...I love to joke around and would like to think I have a great sense of humor. But this is a serious and sad disease. I will not even remotely think about joking around about someone who has or is affected by it. I've seen it first hand and it is an awful...awful disease and very hard on a family.
There's a place and a time for everything....yes there's a place and a time to have fun and joke around. I love doing that and there's been some great topics here on BOL that we've all joked around with and it's fun. This is not one of those topics.
It's one thing to try and laugh about some of the things that a family goes through in dealing with this disease when trying to console and make one another feel better about the situation. As the poster earlier referred to "laughing to keep from crying", I get that. That's just an act of trying to console and maybe in a weird way bring some comfort and love to a very difficult situation. Obviously that's different than just "joking around."
The joke about Pat Summit wasn't funny at all and whoever thought it was, just think about this. Put yourself in the family's shoes. What if your girlfriend/spouse, or mother/father, or grandmother/grandfather, or aunt/uncle, or just someone real close to you....started forgetting things and eventually they forgot you. Not very funny...is it? It's not a pleasant thing to think about, but is a reality for so many people. I'm praying for Coach Summit and her family during this difficult time.
Ridiculous allegations that age or sex played into the decision when talking about the most decorated women's bball coach ever. She has a serious medical condition and should want to remove herself from the responsibility and stress and focus on life. Nothing wrong with continuing with the team in an advisory position but unfortunately her coaching days should be done. She is a legend and should allow her legacy to define her not her illness. It is truly unfortunate.
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I hear ya. My grandmother had it and it took her from us and my mother has the early signs of it. Guess I feel like samdog does on these kind of things.
First of all, My father died of alzheimer's at the age of 62, and I don't have any problems with questioning Pat's memory of any meetings, because it is valid. My father had to take early retirement due to his problems, and he thought the company he worked for was trying to run him off. He thought people within the company were hiding documents from him, he misplaced some checks,and asked me if any of my friends could have possible took them. This was in the early stages when we realized there was something wrong with him. These were things he had never done in his life. He was an Engineer, Got his masters and undergraduate from the University of Alabama. He was a great man and was ruined by this horrible disease, the point is Pat's memory is going to be suspect and She is going to have problems with her memory those are the first signs. If the question was a joke are not it is the truth.
Too many people make things about THEM, and cannot see the other side.
Joking about this horrible disease says a lot about the character (or lack of) of the joker, not the person afflicted.
If intended to be a joke, certainly the comment was in bad taste. That being said, lecturing other (presumably) grown folks about what they should or should not say is a no-win situation.
The lawsuit is by Jennings regarding her exit from UT, not Summitt's.
My grandmother had Alzheimer's, and I thought the line about Summitt was damn funny.
What's pathetic Jennings bringing Summitt into her lawsuit and propping Summitt up in a lame attempt to justify her own suit. You know what's really gong to be sad? Pat Summitt, in her condition, now being forced to testify in court. Tell me how that family is going to feel when she's on the stand and Hart's attorney ties her in knots if Summitt can't remember key details because of her dementia.
Spend a little time on Vol boards reading about this. You'll see a somewhat divided fan base...mostly siding with Hart...against the lesbian wing (their words, not mine) of their athletic department. Jennings, in their view, was blatantly insubordinate to Hart and deserved to be fired.
Will Philip fulmer use this to get harts job?
So I guess everything that affects people in a negative way is off limits?
"Humor? It is nature's effort to harmonize conditions. The further the pendulum swings out over woe the further it is bound to swing back over mirth". - Mark Twain.
Btw, I haven't just "seen the other side" I've lived it, as many others on this board have that didn't have a problem with the statement.
To each his own is guess
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