Former Iowa State women’s basketball star Nikki Moody has sued former coach Bill Fennelly, the university and the state of Iowa itself for what an AP report cited as “racial discrimination and retaliation.”
Moody states in the lawsuit that Fennelly repeatedly called her a “thug” and selfish despite her being the program’s all-time leader in assists, and that what she went through with her coach cause a “hostile education environment through racial harassment.”
A university spokesman declined comment, and the lawsuit filed by Moody in state district court seeks unspecified damages. Needless to say, Moody may actually have a case.
The four-year starter graduated in 2015 and said that her complaints on the matter to assistant coaches and senior officials fell on deaf ears, and that clear favoritism was shown towards white players. Moody also mentioned a former teammate, Chassidy Cole, whom Fennelly repeatedly demeaned and said she “will end up in prison, just like her mother.”
Cole declined to comment, but this is definitely disturbing news, as Fennelly has coached the Cyclones women’s basketball team since 1996 and has made the Women’s NCAA Tournament in all but four of his seasons at the helm. Just the same, player mistreatment and racial discrimination should not be taken lightly under any circumstances.
Hopefully, Nikki Moody’s story does not fall on deaf ears this time around. Stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates on this developing story!
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