The company of John Morgan represents members of the Championship Team 2013.
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Luke Hancock said he could not stay longer than two days without anyone asking him if he had strippers in his dorm.

For the former Louisville basketball star, these are Interactions evidence its polluted reputation, a long-lasting effect of an NCAA investigation and sanctions that were linked to the escort scandal at the University of Louis ville

A lawsuit filed Wednesday against five former University of Louisville basketball players against the NCAA has filed an attempt to save the reputation.

The Five Plaintiffs – former Louisville player Hancock, Gorgui Dieng, Stephan Van Treese, Tim Henderson and Michael Marra – seek "a statement that they are completely innocent of any misconduct, as implied by the NCAA," according to the lawsuit, Jeffrey Circuit Court

The lawsuit accuses the NCAA of being members of the team 2013 in a false light, trying to restore the 2013 national championship and associated awards, which were vacated by the NCAA along with 123 victories following the escort scandal.

"The reputation of the people is important," said lawyer Keith Mitnik, who represents the players.

Hancock, flanked by eight lawyers, was the only player to attend a press conference Wednesday to discuss the lawsuit. The former captain of the Louisville team wore his championship ring and sat there with stony faces when lawyers called LeBron James, Louis Brandeis, Muhammad Ali and Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel "The Scarlet Letter" in a bizarre 35-minute prelude.

Lead Attorney John Morgan, Morgan & Morgan, the personal injury law firm, has categorized the NCAA as an overarching tyrant, an organization that has no authority to investigate or prosecute criminal activity.

"We are used to fighting Goliath everyday," Morgan said. "In the sports world, I do not believe there is a Goliath that exists like the NCAA."

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In a Galt House hotel ballroom two blocks from where As the university was forced to draw a championship banner from the KFC Yum Center rafter, Morgan went on a tirade against the NCAA. He accused the organization of exploiting poor and disadvantaged children. He said that college players should not be called "student athletes" but "student servants".

In the case of Louisville, Morgan said the players were falsely accused of being part of the scandal and want to clarify their names.

Hancock said that people associate him with strippers and prostitutes, even though he was not involved.

"The NCAA has a reputation that I believe many people in the room know about," Hancock, who was named the most outstanding player in the Final Four in 2013.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensation and compensation claims for loss of economic opportunity, and the NCAA states that the players "did not participate in stripping dances, prostitution, and tipping for strippers, as did the defendants (NCAA). "

It calls on the NCAA to reaffirm the plaintiffs for a series of awards, including 2013 National Big East (2012 and 2013) and American Athletic (2014) Conference Tournament Championships and Hancock's Honor as the most outstanding player of the Final Four.

"By God, they will, if we have to take them down here from Indianapolis to the courthouse," Morgan said, referring to the NCAA.

In addition to allegations involving breach of contract and negligence, the NCAA's lawsuit raises concerns to present the plaintiffs in a "false light" – a legal term that describes the widespread publication of false utterances, the mental health and reputation of the individual.

The appeal requires a jury trial if the case is not settled out of court. 19659010] The University of Louisville and former head coach Rick Pitino are not named as parties to the lawsuit.

Pitino and the NCAA did not immediately respond to requests from the Courier Journal to comment on the lawsuit.

"We understand the frustrations and empathy with our former student athletes, "wrote Louisville sports director V ince Tyra in an e-mail to the Courier Journal. " These young men have put a lot of effort into getting together as a group to achieve something very rare and special. Our university invested considerable resources to stop the record-breaking holiday, and assigned the nation's chief appeals lawyer to defend us. While we were unsuccessful and strongly disagree with the decision, as a member of the NCAA, we are required to adhere to the decision and have acted accordingly. "


Hancock is one of several players who are being sued and are tired of asking prostitutes every day to answer
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Hancock and his former team-mates rejected the idea that they were against the NCAA at a five-year reunion on June 29 in honor of the 2013 team. But Wednesday's announcement was full of militant rhetoric.

"One thing a bully understands is blood in his mouth," Morgan said.

"We are ready to go to war," attorney Jon Rabinowitz Jim Ellis, who played basketball for the Cardinals in the 1970s, said he and Hancock had started sueing the NCAA a few months ago , Ellis brought Hancock and the other plaintiffs into contact with Morgan & Morgan. [19659010] Morgan said his law firm will take on the case of contingent liabilities and will only be paid if the plaintiffs win money, and lawyers said they would welcome other members of the 2013 team to join the lawsuit. Of the five players in the suit, only one – Dieng – currently plays with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA.

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Luke Hancock's championship ring, which he wore at the press conference announcing the lawsuit against the NCAA. July 11, 2018 (Photo: Michael Clevenger / CJ)

This is the second known indictment of the NCAA regarding Louisville's punishment for the escort scandal. I have described myself as the Louisville University Coalition, suing the NCAA in April for reintroduction. Englisch:…39&Itemid=32 the profits and repayment of the financial loss.

It is expected that a judge next month will decide on an application by the NCAA which

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The NCAA argued that the Fan Group "has no authority to violate U's Ls name and have not suffered any legally identifiable violation."

When on Wednesday the Courier Journal reached the lawyer for the fans, likened it Robert Florio's new suit with the movie "Braveheart".

"I feel like William Wallace," Florio joked, referring to the scene where Mel Gibson's character gathered more Scottish troops to fight the British.

Florio said he heard that the players were getting ready to take off their own suit, and he is glad they kept him separated.

While he declared self-confidence In his own complaint, he acknowledged that the players had an even stronger claim.

Nevertheless, he said they had the same goal – to restore profits and banners.

"You have won a great ally today," said Florio. "(The NCAA) will have a very, very difficult time shaking this suit."

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