Judge dismisses Baldwin suit; says no evidence to support claim

Posted at 2:51 PM, Jul 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-18 15:51:23-04

The first black head football coach at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette was not fired in 2001 because of the color of his skin, a Baton Rouge judge ruled Wednesday following the third trial in the long-running case, according to our media partners at The Advocate. 

Jerry Baldwin was terminated after the third year of his four-year contract with a record of 6 wins and 27 losses.

State District Judge Tim Kelley, who last week presided over a five-day bench trial of Baldwin’s racial discrimination lawsuit, said Wednesday the evidence simply did not support Baldwin’s claim, the Advocate reports. 

Baldwin’s attorney told the newspaper he will consider an appeal. 

To read the newspaper’s story with all the details, click here