Lawyers Pull Iowa Players' Settlement Demand, Will Sue

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Attorneys representing eight former University of Iowa football players have announced they will be filing a lawsuit against the school, after demands for $20 million and the firing of head football coach Kirk Ferentz, assistant coach Brian Ferentz and athletics director Gary Barta were not met.

As reported by The Gazette of Cedar Rapids, civil rights attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons of Tulsa, Okla., and Des Moines attorneys Alfredo Parrish and Brandon Brown sent a letter Tuesday to Iowa solicitor general Jeffrey Thompson and University of Iowa general counsel Carroll Reasoner that stated they were withdrawing their original demands of Oct. 5 and will file a suit for unlawful race discrimination committed against the eight former players: Akrum Wadley, Aaron Mends, Jonathan Parker, Marcel Joly, Maurice Fleming, Reggie Spearman, Kevonte Martin-Manley and Andre Harris.

“Please let this correspondence serve as a follow up to our October 5, 2020, demand letter, your October 18, 2020, response, and our subsequent settlement discussions,” the letter read. “Since our settlement efforts are stalled this letter serves as formal notice we are withdrawing our formal demand, including the $20,000,000.00 monetary portion, and moving forward with filing our lawsuit.”

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