Yesterday it was reported that Ole Miss defensive tackle DeSanto Rollins had filed a lawsuit in United States Federal Court alleging that Lane Kiffin and the Rebels program had ignored his mental health and caused him distress.
The lawsuit includes an exchange in which Kiffin was legally recorded (according to Mississippi law) but the head coach was unaware he was being recorded, where Kiffin and the player were meeting about his absence from team activities in the offseason.
When Rollins advised Kiffin that he didn’t want to be removed from the team, but just wanted some assistance with his issues, Kiffin doubled down.
“It’s called being a p****. It’s called hiding behind s*** and not showing up to work. You show up when your boss – so, when you have a real job, OK, someday, and your boss says, ‘Hey, come in and meet,’ I advise you to go meet with him, and not say, ‘No, I’m not ready to meet with my boss, maybe a few weeks from now.'”
This is definitely going to turn into a mudslinging fest in court, and neither side will come out looking any better in the long run.
Some programs may look at the player and thinks he looks like someone who isn’t afraid to rat out his coach and bail on his program at the first sign of trouble.
Meanwhile, other SEC programs are going to have a field day with those quotes of Kiffin.
Can you imagine Sam Pittman treating a player that way? Pittman may be a lot of things, but I’ve never heard any players profess that Pittman was a jerk or couldn’t care less about him.
These kinds of things have followed Kiffin around for years, however. How Ole Miss handles it will definitely be interesting to follow.