PORTLAND — It’s not completely neutralized yet, but a former George Fox University athlete’s civil lawsuit against the school has been largely dismissed by a federal judge.
As reported recently by the Newberg Graphic, U.S. District Court Judge Youlee Yim You of Portland recently turned away five of Samuel Wani’s six claims against the university. Then a few days later the university learned the court also dismissed the sixth claim.
Details on the lawsuit were outlined earlier this year in Christian News Northwest.
Wani, an immigrant from Sudan, was a George Fox football player for only a brief time — just a few weeks prior to the 2015 season.
His lawsuit not only alleged that the school failed to treat a thumb injury suffered during practice, but also focused on an incident involving a social media post about Wani from another George Fox football player and which greatly upset Wani.
Wani charged that he was the victim of cyberbullying, racial verbal harassment, negligence, medical fraud, racial discimination, HIPAA violations and breach of contract. -Defendants include not only the university, but several members of the coaching staff, an athletic trainer, some George Fox employees outside the sports program, a local doctor and the former teammate.
Wani has been representing himself in the case, while the university and the nine employees named in the lawsuit were represented by attorney Martin Jaqua of the Portland-based Ricckles Law Firm. Jaqua filed motions to dismiss five of Wani’s claims and You eventually did just that in early August after a fellow judge approved her findings and recommendations. Then You on Aug. 8 also ruled in the university’s favor on the remaining claim.
At press time for this newspaper, final resolution of the case was pending, but could be delayed if Wani filed objections to the latest actions by the court.