Ex-Oklahoma volleyball player labeled racist for views: suit

A former University of Oklahoma volleyball player is suing the varsity and her ex-coaches, alleging she was labeled a racist due to her politically conservative views.

Kylee McLaughlin, 22, a former Sooners standout, claims she was frozen out of the staff final summer time as a result of her beliefs didn’t mesh with these of her coaches and teammates, The Oklahoman reported.

She claims she was compelled to being a redshirt within the 2020-21 season and determined to switch to the University of Mississippi for the ultimate 12 months of her athletic eligibility, in keeping with the information outlet.

McLaughlin has filed a lawsuit in opposition to OU, coach Lindsey Gray-Walton and assistant coach Kyle Walton for a minimal of $75,000 for every of 5 complaints, together with a violation of her First Amendment rights.

An aerial view of an Oklahoma Volleyball Game.
An aerial view of an Oklahoma Volleyball Game.

The faculty and Gray-Walton, who’s married to Walton, didn’t return the paper’s request for remark.

After the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police in May 2020, the staff started internet hosting discussions about white privilege and social justice, McLaughlin stated in courtroom paperwork cited by The Oklahoman.

During a staff dialogue on June 11, 2020, the gamers had been required to look at the 2016 documentary “13th” in regards to the incarceration of blacks within the US and slavery, in keeping with the report.

McLaughlin claims in her lawsuit that the documentary was slanted “left,” “took some shots” at former President Trump and “compared it with beatings of blacks in the 1960s.”

A still image from the film "13," which the Oklahoma volleyball team was allegedly required to watch.
A nonetheless picture from the movie “13,” which the Oklahoma volleyball staff was allegedly required to look at.

When requested about her ideas, McLaughlin stated she acknowledged “that she agreed 100% that slavery was wrong and the slaves were mistreated; and, that statistics showed that.”

She additionally famous the disproportionate incarceration charges for blacks and stated they had been jailed “mostly for marijuana and drugs,” her lawsuit states.

At least one black fellow player later indicated she discovered McLaughlin’s feedback to be racist, in keeping with the doc.

McLaughlin claimed her teammates additionally referred to as her racist in social media – and that her beliefs had been raised once more when she tweeted that the University of Texas mustn’t do away with its combat tune, “Eyes of Texas.”

Kylee McLaughlin claims in her lawsuit that "13" was slanted “left,” among other complaints.
Kylee McLaughlin claims in her lawsuit that “13” was slanted “left,” amongst different complaints.

Student-athletes had denounced the tune due to its authentic performances at minstrel reveals.

McLaughlin claims Gray-Walton ordered her to delete her tweet and she or he later referred to as the Texas ladies’s volleyball coach and staff to apologize.

She stated within the lawsuit that her coaches and teammates labeled her a racist and a homophobe.

“Although (McLaughlin) supports equality, social justice, and finds racism despicable, she disagreed with the WOKE culture and critical race theory advocated and practiced by two of her coaches who are the Defendants in this action,” the lawsuit says.

McLaughlin claimed her coaches and faculty directors advised her she didn’t match the tradition of this system and gave her three choices to proceed — none of which concerned enjoying time.

She stated she was advised she might switch or proceed on scholarship as a typical pupil, not an athlete.

McLaughlin third possibility, which she finally selected, was to take a redshirt 12 months, preserve her scholarship and follow other than the remainder of the staff, in keeping with the suit.

She stated she additionally took greater than 10 hours of on-line variety and inclusion coaching for a compulsory “Growth Plan.”

Her lawsuit claims her proper to free speech and due course of had been violated – and that her coaches forged her in a false mild and deliberately inflicted emotional misery.

McLaughlin, a first-team All-Big 12 player for the Sooners in 2018 and 2019, is requesting a choose to assign a greenback quantity to compensate for future financial loss after OU allegedly compromised her potential profession in skilled volleyball, teaching and athletics administration.  

The former player had an vital function in serving to OU attain the NCAA Tournament in 2019 for the primary time in 5 years, The Oklahoman reported.

Her case is pending in Oklahoma City federal courtroom.

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