• Loading stock data...
Sunday, June 16, 2024
Law

Ole Miss Football Player Files $40M Lawsuit Against Lane Kiffin, School

  • DeSanto Rollins makes a series of allegations in a federal lawsuit filed on Thursday.
  • Ole Miss says Rollins “remains on scholarship.”
Lane Kiffin
Denny Simmons/USA TODAY NETWORK

Ole Miss football player DeSanto Rollins alleged head coach Lane Kiffin was “malicious, intentional, willful, wanton, grossly reckless, and indifferent” to Rollins’ mental health in a federal lawsuit that seeks $40 million in damages. 

The lawsuit, filed on Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, listed Kiffin and Ole Miss as defendants.

According to the complaint, Rollins, who remains listed on Ole Miss’ roster, alleges that Kiffin “ignored” signs indicating he was suffering from depression following an injury last season, further exacerbated by his grandmother’s recent death earlier this year.

“Desanto was never removed from the football team and remains on scholarship,” Ole Miss Athletics said in a statement to Front Office Sports. “In addition, he continues to have the opportunity to receive all of the resources and advantages that are afforded a student-athlete at the university.”

WCBI-TV was the first outlet to report the lawsuit filing. 

Rollins alleged that defensive line coach Randall Joyner urged Rollins to transfer in a meeting last November. After Rollins chose to remain at Ole Miss, the lawsuit alleges Rollins informed Kiffin he was going to “take a mental health break because of the verbal abuse from Kiffin and the mental anxiety, depression, and worthlessness he was feeling.”

According to the lawsuit, Rollins sought counseling from an athletic department psychologist and confided in other staffers before arranging another meeting with Kiffin in March.

“I don’t give a f–k what your mom says or what you think. In the real f—ing world, you show up to work. Then you say, ‘Hey, I have mental issues. I can’t do anything for two weeks,’” Kiffin purportedly told Rollins at the meeting. “… What f—ing world do you live in?”

“It’s called being a p—-y, it’s called hiding behind st-t, and not showing up to work, you show up when your boss [asks].”

Kiffin then acted like he was calling Ole Miss Athletic Director Keith Carter, according to the lawsuit.

“I am not showing up to work for the next two weeks,” Kiffin said per the complaint. 

Moments later, Kiffin allegedly slammed the phone down and yelled, “Fired.”

The lawsuit alleges Rollins, who is Black, was denied his 14th Amendment rights of equal protection under the law. He also alleged rights under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 were violated since white student-athletes didn’t face retaliation for seeking mental health breaks. 

Rollins’ attorney also cited Title IX sexual discrimination as one of the eight claims in the lawsuit. The lawsuit stated female student-athletes who took mental health breaks faced no consequences.

Linkedin
Whatsapp
Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

General view of the stadium during the game between the LSU Tigers and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Charles Schwab Field Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

College World Series: Record Crowds and TV Viewership Anticipated

The eight-team bracket has four schools each from the ACC and SEC.

The ‘Big’ in Big 12 Could Soon Be Replaced With a Sponsor’s Name

Allstate is said to be in discussions about a deal with the Big 12.
Sponsored

How HOKA is Reimagining the NIL Relationship

HOKA, the renowned athletic footwear and apparel brand, is betting on a new reality with NIL.

ESPN Wants More SEC Games, but Conference Eyes a Bigger Payday

Schools currently play eight football games against one another.
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

How the US Open is Designed for Drama

0:00

Featured Today

Jan 3, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; General view of the NFL shield logo signage before the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field.

Odds Stacked Against NFL in Multibillion-Dollar Sunday Ticket Trial

Why the class action trial does not look promising for the league.
Jan 7, 2024; San Francisco, California, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Jontay Porter (11) takes a three-point shot against the Golden State Warriors during the second half at Chase Center.
June 9, 2024

‘Bound to Happen’: The Age of the Sports Betting Scandal Has Arrived

A banishment, betting scheme, and guilty plea all in one scandal-filled span.
June 8, 2024

‘Experimental in Nature’: The Rapid, Confounding Rise of Streaming Bundles

Here’s why confusion continues to outweigh solutions in the streaming package boom.
June 2, 2024

The Nostalgia Market: Michael Jordan’s Memorabilia Remains Coveted, With Caveats

Due to scarcity, and sometimes, items’ undisclosed whereabouts, this world has limitations.

NFL Declined ESPN Offer to Drastically Reduce Sunday Ticket Price

The NFL’s prospects aren’t looking good in court.
June 10, 2024

NC State’s 1983 Title Team Sues NCAA Over Name, Image, and Likeness

The ’83 team is one of March Madness’s most memorable Cinderellas.
June 12, 2024

Sage Steele Claims in Suit That Her Agents Prioritized Relationship With ESPN Over Her

She says CAA chose its relationship over ESPN over advocating for her.
Sponsored

How HOKA is Reimagining the NIL Relationship

HOKA, the renowned athletic footwear and apparel brand, is betting on a new reality with NIL.
Sep 10, 2023; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts towards his player's box during a changeover against Daniil Medvedev (not pictured) in the men's singles final on day fourteen of the 2023 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
May 29, 2024

Ticketmaster Causes Eras Tour–Like Disappointment in Tennis, One Week After DOJ Lawsuit

Tennis fans struggled to get tickets during the US Open presale.
May 28, 2024

Ángel Hernández’s Career and Crusade End With Retirement Settlement

The umpire unsuccessfully sued the league for racial discrimination.
May 28, 2024

NFL Kicker Sexually Assaulted Attendants on Team Flight, Lawsuit Says

Brandon McManus allegedly ‘grinded up against’ them on a flight to London.
May 23, 2024

Ticketmaster’s Future at Risk As DOJ Lawsuit Threatens Industry Shake-Up

The U.S. Department of Justice alleges a series of anticompetitive practices by the live entertainment and ticketing giant.