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Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy sues accuser, witness for defamation

This suit comes two days after Kennedy was charged with assault. From ESPN-

Mississippi Rebels coach Andy Kennedy has filed a defamation of character lawsuit against the man who accused him of assault and a witness to the alleged incident, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

The suit, filed Friday, seeks more than $25,000 from cab driver Mohamed Moctar Ould Jiddou and Michael Strother, a valet who told police he witnessed the incident.

The criminal complaint, filed Thursday in Municipal Court after Kennedy and Mississippi basketball operations coordinator Bill Armstrong were arrested, alleged that Kennedy assaulted Jiddou and “punched victim with a closed fist while shouting racial slurs.”

Kennedy pleaded not guilty to the charges and vehemently denied the accusations. He was charged with misdemeanor assault; Armstrong was charged with disorderly conduct.

Weirder and weirder. If the racial slurs were made up, I think in these days of the internet where news spreads so fast, that the the price of the damage to Kennedy would be more than just $25,000.

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