Curtis Blackwell may be gone but, thanks to a recent development, he won’t soon be forgotten in East Lansing.
In May of last year, Michigan State confirmed that the university had “parted ways” with Blackwell after opting not to renew the staffer’s contract. Blackwell, whose official title with the football program was director of college advancement and performance, was suspended with pay February 9, the same day three unidentified Spartan football players were suspended in connection to sexual assault allegations. While Blackwell was a part of the police investigations into the allegations, he was not accused of participating in the alleged sexual assault but rather failing to disclose information he knew about the incident.
Monday, the Associated Press reported, Blackwell filed a lawsuit in U.S. District court alleging that his employment contract was violated when it wasn’t renewed. Head football coach Mark Dantonio is named in the suit, as are former MSU athletic director Mark Hollis and other MSU officials. The AP wrote “[t]he suit alleges that the defendants did not honor Blackwell’s employment agreement, which the suit says required that he be allowed to speak with the athletic director before any discipline was imposed.”
A university spokesperson declined to comment on the development.
Also named in the lawsuit are two university police officers who arrested Blackwell for obstruction of justice. Blackwell, who was never formally charged, claims that his Fourth Amendment rights were violated by the officers.
According to mlive.com, Blackwell is seeking at least $150,000 in damages, plus attorneys fees and punitive damages.