Ancient Washington State Head Football Coach Nick Rolovich sued Washington Governor Jay Inslee, college and WSU athletic director Pat Chun, seeking damages after he was fired by the university in October 2021 for failing to receive a COVID shot. -19.
The complaint “contains eight counts, including breach of contract, discrimination against religion, wrongful withholding of wages, and violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the First and 14th Amendments,” according to ESPN.
Washington State required all state employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exception.
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On a recent episode of “The Jason Rantz Show,” Rolovich alleged that in late 2020, early 2021, Washington State’s athletic director suggested he get a COVID-19 vaccine in front of the entire team. of football.
“The DA said ‘Hey, let’s get on the 50-yard line, we’ll have the team all around you and the doctor will give you the vaccine in front of everyone,'” Rolovich said.
“I said, ‘Absolutely not. I have no desire to do that. I wasn’t going to make a circus out of it.”
Rolovich, who is Catholic, had his religious exemption denied and was dismissed along with four other coaches from his team in October 2021.
On the podcast, Rolovich alleged that his religious vaccine exemption was initially granted, but after some “back and forth” between the DA and human resources, his exemption was denied and he was fired for cause.
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“The only regret is that we didn’t talk about the religious exemption sooner,” Rolovich said. “Because internally we were talking about, ‘Let’s just stay on message. You will follow the mandate. You will follow the mandate. And I look like a jerk. I’m just saying, “I’ll follow the warrant.”
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“I would have preferred to talk about it. I talked about it. People need to know that I’m a fairly honest guy. I don’t try to deceive people and manipulate them. I thought we were going to get the religious exemption and move on.”
Following the announcement of Rolovich’s lawsuit, Washington State released a statement saying the school would “defend itself vigorously.”
“Washington State University has executed the Governor’s COVID-19 Vaccination Proclamation for State Employees in a fair and legal manner, including in its assessment of requests for medical exemptions and accommodations or employees,” Washington State said in a statement, according to ESPN.
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“For multiple reasons, Mr. Rolovich was ineligible, and the university stands firmly by that determination. Washington State University will vigorously defend itself against Mr. Rolovich’s claims.”
Washington State University did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment on Rolovich’s most recent remarks.
Rolovich was the Cougars head coach for just 11 games before he was fired, going 5-6 in 2020-21.