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Jan 12, 2014 12:57 PM by katc

Southern, LaFleur settle lawsuit

The Southern University Board of Supervisors will pay former Athletic Director Greg LaFleur about $150,000 to settle his breach of contract lawsuit.

Southern officials tell the Advocate that the settlement represents roughly half of the money the school would have paid LaFleur if he'd been allowed to fulfill the full terms of his contract.

LaFleur had argued the university was too quick to fire him after his 2011 arrest in Houston for soliciting sex from an undercover police officer posing as a prostitute. It took a Houston jury 34 minutes to find LaFleur not guilty of the charge during a 2012 trial.

He was fired shortly after the April 3, 2011, incident.

Southern Board Chairwoman Bridget Dinvaut said the settlement was in the best interest of the university and declined further comment.

LaFleur, a former LSU tight end who played for three NFL teams between 1981 and 1986, sued Southern, demanding the university pay him the remainder of his $300,000 contract. Southern defended LaFleur's firing at the time, by saying his arrest stigmatized the university's athletic programs and made him unable to carry out basic requirements of his job such as recruiting and fundraising.

The case had been set to be heard in 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge on Jan. 22.

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