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Former UA football coach, kept in dark about ex-player’s violence, will be dropped from lawsuit

The lawyer for the plaintiff in the Title IX suit extended an apology to former UA coach Rich Rodriguez, above, saying she spread what she now believes to be false information./
Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star

By Caitlin Schmidt | Arizona Daily Star  

Former UA football coach Rich Rodriguez will be dismissed from a federal lawsuit related to former running back Orlando Bradford’s violence against women, after lawyers for the plaintiff determined the coach was unaware of Bradford’s behavior before his arrest.

On Friday, attorneys for Rodriguez and the plaintiff filed court documents seeking to dismiss Rodriguez and his wife, Rita, from the lawsuit, with each party paying their own lawyers’ fees and costs.

The plaintiff’s attorney also apologized to the Rodriguezes, saying she spread what she now believes to be false information.

The University of Arizona remains a defendant in the federal lawsuit, which centers on whether school officials knew Bradford was choking and physically assaulting three women before his September 2016 arrest on domestic violence charges.

It claims that the school violated the plaintiff’s Title IX rights to an education free from discrimination. Title IX is a federal law ensuring that students receive an education free from discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual assault and domestic violence.

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