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More Summitt, "it was entirely my decision to step down from my position as Head Coach of women's basketball at the University of Tennessee"
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This is true, but it doesn't change the fact Tennessee hired a away from Alabama.
This post was edited by Kevin Ryan 18 months ago
Thanks for posting the photo. It was big enough for me to read when I clicked on it. +1
Your team. All the time.
This should provide some real clarity.
+100 if I could for the picture.
SMH....so Summitt says in one affidavit that she was forced out and another affidavit she says she wasn't? This is nuts.
Anyway..ball is in your court Debby.
I believe Summit said that she though Hart was pushing her out in affidavit but he later clarified her misunderstanding. It seems like the bottom line is she wanted to clear the air today and indicate she was not forced out.
The other real clear point is Debby Jennings and her attorney drug Pat into their dispute with UT for completely self serving purposes. I know I know the media guys love Debby but for me, Good riddance and thank you Dave Hart for making tough decisions that are in the best long term interest of my Vols.
Shame on you Debby!!!!!!!
Like I said in the original thread. Merging the 2 was going to be tough and someone had to be the bad guy.
I'm glad I have no idea what y'all are talking about. Sounds dramatic
I'm with watauga. A sworn affidavit in a lawsuit wasn't true? Couldn't that be perjury? Can she withdraw a sworn affidavit that's already been filed with the court?
Need some help from the posting attorneys!
Generally speaking, I would trust a sworn affidavit over a prepared press release, but that's just me.
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OK, the KNS says Pat released the statement. They also have a response from Jennings' attorney.
Pat Summitt released a statement Friday afternoon saying she was not forced out as the head womens basketball coach at the University of Tennessee.
This post was edited by RockytopATL 18 months ago
Budden is a WBIR sports anchor/reporter. I'm guessing that's just how she tweeted the picture.
Summitt's assistant sent out an email this afternoon telling that the release was available outside Summitt's office in Thompson-Boling Arena and that Sunmitt would not be available for further comment. UT apparently released a separate statement later.
And the KNS has a UT Press Release on the matter......
Again, Jennings attorney is litigating through the media to force UT into a settlement to make this go away.
I really blame Jennings and her attorney for bringing Pat into this.
BTW, I really liked Pat's comments warmly endorsing Holly Warlick in her statement.
Pat is pure class, the best example of a VFL, and an appropriate face plate for UT Athletics. She should be able to rest in her dignified career and accomplishments. However, her supposed friend and co-worker is pulling her into this muck for a few bucks she can extort from UT.
Drop the suit Debby!
Her is a press release from Jennings lawyers in reference to Summitt's release.
Debbie Jennings appears to be creating a situation by going to Hart and interjecting herself into a situation that may or may not have been based on a statement that Summitt supposedly made to her. I don't know what Hart did or did not say to Summitt but it is becoming clear that Jennings was insubordinate and stepped over the line. As a friend and a professional she should have advised Pat to approach Hart herself. I am having less and less sympathy for Jennings.
Maybe she might release a release to the counter press release
Funny man +1. Or perhaps she was looking back to see if she was looking back to see if she was looking back at me...or something like that.
Are Jennings' lawyers with the same firm as the guy representing the butt chuggers? There's a lot of crap flying around here, an it's honestly not making her (Jennings) any more of a sympathetic character.
I posted most of this in another thread, didn't see there were 2 bigger threads above it, so I'll post it again. I have no dog in this fight, until a response is filed there really is no point in taking sides. I am simply trying to disseminate accurate information.
First, those of you saying Jennings did this for purely personal reasons are right, but that's what lawyers do. There are ethical rules that prohibit Jennings' lawyer from giving a crap about Pat Summit or her reputation. They've got to do everything they can to win the case. Debby Jennings may not have had any say in the release of that affidavit, and if she and Summit are friends, she probably feels bad about it.
Second, there is a legitimate reason for the affidavit according to Jennings and it makes perfect sense.
Apparently, Jennings sent some nasty emails to Dave Hart after hearing what Pat said she told Jennings about her conversation with Hart.
Jennings' lawyer expects the AD's lawyers to respond to their complaint and allege that Jennings was a huge pain in the butt and Hart fired her for being a pain. The AD will then file with their response a bunch of angry emails that Jennings sent to Hart about Pat Summit.
Evidence of being a huge pain in the butt to their boss for no reason tends to cause problems for people claiming discrimination. Most jurors realize that if they get sassy with their boss, they could get fired. Jennings' attorney has to explain that she wasn't just being a pain or risk losing the case.
So seeing this speed bump on the horizon, the lawyer has Pat interviewed so that he can explain why Jennings was firing off these half-cocked emails. She was doing so because it was her belief at the time that Pat was being forced out of the head coaching position, because that's what Pat told her.
In an affidavit, the attorney questions the witness. It is similar to an in-court statement. The attorney questioning her stopped short of the full story because it doesn't help his case. He only needed to explain why Jennings was being a jerk to Hart over email. Everything beyond that is sheer media frenzy.
Thirdly, The actual content of the affidavit DOES ALLOW room for exactly what Pat said today, and it was not mutually exclusive with her press conference as so many assume, and it certainly created the understanding that what was in the affidavit was not the full story.
The most likely scenario is that Hart assumed Summit was retiring and brought up her plans for retirement. She probably hadn't made the decision yet, resented the assumption, and told Jennings about the conversation. Jennings fires off some nasty emails to Hart, Hart realizes he's offended an employee or that he's in a delicate situation and tries to clear things up with Pat. Pat later decides on her own to retire, and then she never has to go public with Hart being a jerk in order to keep her job.
This post has been edited 7 times, most recently by Rockytop85 18 months ago
I have a feeling neither side is completely telling the truth . Jennings may have been insubordinate sure but usually the 1st offense does not result in a termination,seems to be something missing here . I think Pat is in a catch 22 between her long time friend and her school and I'm not certain that Hart is being honest . I have always felt Pat was forced out by Hart and her illness just provided the excuse . However I agree someone has to make the tough calls , but I'm just not certain it was the right one.
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