USC Crushes Steve Sarkisian In $30 Million Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

Steve Sarkisian

Steve Sarkisian

Former USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian has lost a $30 million lawsuit that claimed he was improperly fired by the school instead of being allowed to seek treatment for alcoholism.

Sarkisian has spoken publicly about his battle with alcoholism since accepting the job with the Falcons a year ago, announcing that he is sober and had completed "intensive" treatment. The arbitrator also found that Sarkisian wasn't "terminated on the basis of any disability", but instead for misconduct which breached his contract with the university.

"I am disappointed in the decision, but we will respect it and move on", Sarkisian told TMZ.

Because Sarkisian initially denied his alcoholism to the school, the arbitrator ruled that he "must bear sole responsibility for having actively concealed from USC his claimed disabilities". Multiple reports also claimed that Sarkisian was drunk during a game against Arizona State.

"Much gratitude to everyone who has shown their support and stood by me".

Sarkisian blamed a mixture of medicine and alcohol for the incident, and was sacked two months later for missing practice and reportedly showing up intoxicated.

USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann noted in a statement, "We are pleased that the arbitration has reached its rightful conclusion and we wish Steve Sarkisian well".

Sarkisian's problem with alcohol that year, according to the lawsuit, came after his wife of almost two decades filed for divorce, leading to a spiral of anxiety and depression.

In less than two full seasons as the Trojans' head coach, Sarkisian, who was previously an offensive coordinator under Pete Carroll, led the team to a 12-6 record. 'But I am in now a great place, healthy, happy and loving my job with the Falcons and have the support of my family and friends and that's where my focus is and will remain'.

The school fired Sarkisian in the middle of the 2015 season - his second as coach - due to personal misconduct that came to light after a freakish rant at a Salute to Troy event was caught on video.

The 44-year-old Sarkisian went into alcohol rehabilitation treatment after he was sacked. They were 3-2 to start 2015.

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