Identified only as “John Doe” in court documents, Sasser alleges violations of his constitutional rights for free speech under the first and 14th amendments as well as breach of contract. He seeks undisclosed “compensatory and punitive damages” for loss of income and employment opportunities as a result of UGA’s actions.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. Northern District Court in Atlanta on Sept. 29 by attorney Dorothy Spinelli of Brookhaven. The suit comes almost two years to the day after Sasser was first dismissed from Georgia’s team by coach Scott Stricklin.
Spinelli acknowledged that the lawsuit was filed on behalf of Sasser. He is easily identifiable in the document as a “baseball player from Evans who was dismissed from UGA” in the fall of 2018. Sasser went through an appeals process with UGA’s Equal Opportunity Office before he was permanently dismissed in October 2018.