Football Recruiting Staffer Sues UGA; Gets Fired

A deadly crash occurred around 2:45 a.m. Sunday, on January of this year. The lethal event occurred just hours after the University of Georgia Bulldogs “wrapped up their day-long celebration of back-to-back national championships.” Twenty-year-old offensive lineman Devin Willock and 24-year-old recruiting staffer Chandler LeCroy were killed. Twenty-one-year-old offensive lineman Warren McClendon and 26-year-old recruiting staffer Tory Bowles were injured. Regarding the cause or causes of the crash, reporting alleged that “excessive speed was a factor.”

As reported, in mid-July, Tory Bowles, who was involved in the crash, had filed a lawsuit against the “UGA Athletic Association, Jalen Carter, and others.” As detailed in her lawsuit, Bowles alleges injuries sustained to include “a spinal cord injury sufficient to cause leakage of cerebrospinal fluid, fractured ribs, vertebrae, teeth and clavicle, lacerated her kidney and liver, punctured her lung and still suffers from neurological damage she sustained from head injuries.”

Additionally, Bowles’ lawsuit alleges that the Athletics Association “negligently entrusted the rental SUV in which she was a backseat passenger to a fellow recruiting analyst, known to have multiple super speeder and other driving offenses.” As reported, LeCroy was driving the rental. “A toxicology report indicated that LeCroy’s blood alcohol level was .197 at the time of the crash. The legal blood alcohol limit is .08.”

Bowles was just fired from her job. She was notified of her termination Friday “after refusing to be interrogated or hand over her personal cellphone for the university’s investigation.” Her attorney, Rob Buck, believes it’s no coincidence she was let go soon after filing her lawsuit. Buck said it “appears to be direct retaliation for her lawsuit,” elaborating by calling the firing a “campaign of intimidation.”

The UGA Athletic Association issued a statement Monday night to address the firing and the accusation that the firing was retaliation. In part, the statement claimed: “Applicable policies require university employees to cooperate with internal investigations. Over the course of several months, Ms. Bowles was asked – on numerous occasions – to speak with our investigators and provide information, and through her attorney, she repeatedly refused to cooperate.” The statement concluded: “As a result, we were ultimately left with no choice but to terminate her employment. We wish Ms. Bowles well in her recovery, and we will offer no further comment on this matter.”

D & B Staff

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