Sep 23, 2014
Basketball player drops suit against school over playing time

You might remember the story about an Ohio prep basketball player suing his former high school after he was cut from the team, apparently after complaining about playing time on Twitter.

Well, that athlete has now dropped the lawsuit.

The Medina-Gazette reported that the federal lawsuit was withdrawn as a result of the backlash on social media.

From the story:

In a statement from (Chase) Johanson released by his attorney, Steve Bailey, the Medina High graduate said he was dropping the lawsuit because he was concerned with negative criticism he received from community members.

“Frankly, the media attention this matter garnered, and the sometimes vicious and personal public response through social media was more than I wanted my parents to endure, Johanson said. The stress has adversely affected my mother’s health, which is more important to me even than the principle raised in my lawsuit.”

“Most people do not stand up for their right precisely because of the kind of vitriolic and mean-spirited criticism my family and I received, he said. Remember that when you are punished for speaking your mind as I was.”

The lawsuit was asking for more than $75, 000 in damages.

Basketball player drops lawsuit against former team, school

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You might remember the story about an Ohio prep basketball player suing his former high school after he was cut from the team, apparently after complaining about playing time on Twitter.

Well, that athlete has now dropped the lawsuit.

The Medina-Gazette reported that the federal lawsuit was withdrawn as a result of the backlash on social media.

From the story :

In a statement from (Chase) Johanson released by his attorney, Steve Bailey, the Medina High graduate said he was dropping the lawsuit because he was concerned with negative criticism he received from community members.

“Frankly, the media attention this matter garnered, and the sometimes vicious and personal public response through social media was more than I wanted my parents to endure, Johanson said. The stress has adversely affected my mother’s health, which is more important to me even than the principle raised in my lawsuit.”

“Most people do not stand up for their right precisely because of the kind of vitriolic and mean-spirited criticism my family and I received, he said. Remember that when you are punished for speaking your mind as I was.”

The lawsuit was asking for more than $75, 000 in damages.






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