Basketball player sues school after assault during practice
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A former University of Akron basketball player has sued the school and its head basketball coach after a teammate was accused of punching him during practice, knocking out teeth and fracturing nasal bones.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports Mark Kostelac sued recently in Ohio’s Court of Claims accusing the university of “failing to remedy the discriminatory, hostile environment” he says led to his injuries. The suit alleges black team members discriminated against white teammates based on race and religion.
A black player, who also has since left the university, pleaded guilty in February to assaulting Kostelac in December and received a suspended jail sentence and probation. Kostelac is white.
A university statement said it’s “committed to fostering an environment of inclusion” and is working with the Attorney General’s Office to address the lawsuit.