USC: Sarkisian Lawsuit Claims Are ‘Patently Untrue’

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Former USC football coach Steve Sarkisian sued the school Monday, claiming that Athletic Director Pat Haden fired him in October instead of allowing him to seek treatment for alcoholism.

“Instead of accommodating Steve Sarkisian’s disability, USC kicked him to the curb,” the lawsuit said.

The 31-page complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleges breach of contract, discrimination on the basis of disability and invasion of privacy. It also provides Sarkisian's first public account of the events that led to his ouster after less than two years as USC’s head coach.

In the suit, Sarkisian says the stress of his job coupled with his wife filing for divorce earlier this year furthered his alcohol dependency.

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