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Lawsuit: College refused to hire coach with 'Jewish blood'

4 years 7 months 1 week ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 February 22, 2018 1:46 PM February 22, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A federal lawsuit claims the president of a private Baptist college in Louisiana refused to approve a football coach's hiring because of what he called the applicant's "Jewish blood."

Joshua Bonadona sued Louisiana College and its president, Rick Brewer, on Wednesday, accusing them of violating his civil rights.

The 28-year-old graduate of Louisiana College says he applied for a job as defensive backs coach at his alma mater last year and was interviewed by Brewer and the school's head football coach. The lawsuit claims the head coach recommended hiring Bonadona but was overruled by Brewer because of his Jewish heritage.

Brewer didn't immediately respond to a phone call and email seeking comment. The suit says Bonadona subsequently accepted a coaching job at Hendrix College in Arkansas for less money.

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