Ex-Howard Players Sue Coach

October 5, 2018

Two former Howard University basketball players have sued their coach, Kevin Nickelberry, as well as the school, accusing him of misleading players.

According to The Washington Post, Kai Tease and Ausar Madison are named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Madison alleged that Nickelberry “guaranteed” him a scholarship in the summer of 2013, but reneged on his promise three times, until Madison left the program in 2017. Tease, who, according to the lawsuit, requires academic support because of a learning disability, alleged that he never received the support he needed.

The lawsuit alleges that Nickelberry violated NCAA regulations with his training schedule, such as scheduling punitive practices after losses. Tease and Madison suffered Jones fractures from repeated motion, and alleged that Nickelberry would “publicly shame” any player who refused to play.

Both players are seeking “an amount to be determined at trial but believed to be in excess of $9,000,000 in damages, plus attorneys’ fees and costs, and such other and further relief as this Court deems just and proper,” while Madison is seeking at least $230,000 for breach of contract.

Crystal Brown, a spokesperson for Howard, sent an email in response to the complaint, reiterating Howard's commitment to “complying with all NCAA and conference rules,” as well as to the well-being of its athletes. She said that “ the University does not comment on pending litigation,” but that it would defend itself against the accusations.

SEARCH for Products
SEARCH for Vendors

A Rebounder With Versatility

Medicine ball exercises are a staple of many workout routines. Whether the goal is performance enhancement by strengthening the core or helping an athlete rehab from an injury, medicine balls are versatile piece of equipment that can get the job done. But most strength coaches and athletic trainers don’t have enough time available to catch … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Author and Strength Coach Mike Mejia Praises VersaClimber

“Over the course of the past twenty years I’ve trained hundreds of clients that run the gamut from average Joe’s to professional athletes and in all that time, I’ve never come across a cardio piece that comes anywhere near the Versa Climber!” says Mike Mejia M.S., CSCS, author of The Men’s Heath Better Body Blueprint, … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Indoor Pool Surface Solution

Mateflex has indoor pool surfacing that is safer and more enjoyable to walk on than concrete. Mateflex offers perforated tiles to allow water to drain through that can cover up old, unsightly concrete or just spruce up a new area with a colorful design. The interlocking tiles dry quickly while keeping your feet out of … CLICK TO READ MORE...

VIEW MORE ARTICLES