December 20, 2016
SUING HER FORMER SCHOOL
Hofstra player takes UConn to court for what she claims is excessive punishment
A Hofstra University midfielder who said she had lost her scholarship after giving the middle finger to a television camera when she performed at the University of Connecticut, has decided to sue the school.
Noriana Radwan said in a Monday news conference in Newburgh, N.Y. that she felt the punishment was excessive. A suit was expected to be filed in U.S. District Court in Connecticut.
Radwan made the obscene gesture to an ESPNU camera while she celebrated with her UConn teammates after defeating the University of South Florida, 3-2, in a shootout in the 2014 American Athletic Conference championship game.
Huskies ead coach oach Len Tsantiris suspended Radwan from the 2014 NCAA Division I Tournament and issued a statement apologizing to the conference, USF and television viewers.
A draft of Radwan's suit was given to The Associated Press. Radwan alleged that after the publicity died down, she was stripped of her scholarship midway through the school year without due process for what the coach described as “serious misconduct.”
Radwan said she wrote a letter of apology to school officials, which the school never acknowledged. She apologized Monday.
“I did not intend to offend anyone. I was making a celebratory statement that was seriously misinterpreted and misjudged,” Radwan said in a prepared statement that was reported by the AP. “I loved UConn, but I lost faith in it as an institution when it allowed my scholarship to be illegally taken away so abruptly and crassly in the middle of the school year, violating all trust I had.”
Radwan is seeking monetary damages.
She has since transferred to Hofstra, playing on a partial athletic scholarship. Radwan connected for six goals and one assist in 17 games this past season.