Lawyers: School held no hearing
LAFAYETTE — Jacoby Davis, a former Vermilion Catholic High School standout football player filed a lawsuit against the school and Diocese of Lafayette, claiming he was expelled in 2013 without due process after he was accused of getting two teens pregnant.
One of the girls was another Vermilion Catholic student who was not expelled, while Davis was expelled in February 2013 during his junior year and was denied requests to defend himself, the lawsuit claims.
The lawsuit does not provide additional information about the second mother, including what school she attended.
“At the time of the expulsion, neither of the mothers had given birth and the school had no way of knowing whether (Davis) was the biological father,” the lawsuit said.
Davis also claims in the suit that his expulsion resulted in a decrease in scholarship interest from Division I colleges.
He is asking for an unspecified amount in damages. Aside from his spot on the football team as a running back, Davis also competed in track and field.
The expulsion was timed three days after Davis failed to receive medical clearance due to an athletic injury, his attorneys, Terry Landry Jr. and Valencia Vessel Landry, wrote in a news release issued late Tuesday.
“Vermilion Catholic’s behavior proves that Jacoby was nothing more than an athlete to them,” the attorneys wrote. “Once Jacoby could no longer perform as an athlete, Vermilion Catholic ensured that he was no longer their student.”
Valencia Landry said Davis was attending Vermilion Catholic on an athletic scholarship paid for by a sponsor.
The attorneys also accused the school of failing to hold an expulsion hearing on Davis’ behalf because of his race and gender.
Davis is enrolled in Fort Smith Community College in Arkansas, where he’s working on completing his high school equivalency diploma.
The school and diocese’s attorney, Troy Broussard, said his clients haven’t been served with the lawsuit yet.
He declined to comment on specific claims raised in the suit since litigation is pending.
“I am extremely confident that once all the salient facts are brought to light that all the parties named will be found to have acted in accordance with law and school policy,” Broussard said.