Frazier appeals firing as football coach at NC Central

jalexander@newsobserver.comAugust 29, 2013 

— A week after former N.C. Central head football coach Henry Frazier III was fired, he’s appealing to get his job back, accusing the university of violating his civil rights.

Thursday, Frazier’s new lawyer Linda Kenney Baden of New York City, hand-delivered a letter to NCCU Chancellor Deborah Saunders-White to appeal the firing. Baden represented Casey Anthony in the trial involving the death of her child, Caylee Anthony. She also delivered the closing arguments in the case against record producer Phil Spector, who was accused of killing a woman he was romantically involved with in 2003.

“A lot of people request that I review their cases for representation,” Baden said in an email. “I refuse most. Here, I was immediately taken by the clear injustice of Coach Frazier’s matter.

Frazier was fired on Aug. 22 after being charged with violating a domestic violence protective order, a misdemeanor. Attorney Ralph Frasier said Frazier, who is prohibited from having all contact with his ex-wife, sent her a note trying to let her know he had paid for a ticket on their car and that he was going to subtract it from her alimony.

Baden’s letter accuses NCCU of violating the basic tenets of the civil rights movement during the week of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

“Frazier contends that NCCU intentionally, egregiously and materially violated its duties to him under contract.”

Baden pointed out that NCCU violated Section 3.1 of Frazier’s 5-year, $225,500 annual contract. Frazier was in the third year of his five-year contract.

According to Section 3.1, subsection 4 of Frazier’s contract, Frazier could be fired for any criminal offense. However, it also states “Any discipline under this subsection shall not violate the due process rights of Coach to defend himself against false and/or malicious prosecution or accusations.”

“Henry Frazier III has maintained his innocence on these charges,” Baden said in the letter. “But apparently his maintaining of his innocence was irrelevant in the quick determination made by representatives of NCCU.”

NCCU spokeswoman Ayana Hernandez said Saunders-White had no comment Thursday.

Baden posted the full letter on Twitter Thursday.

Saturday the Eagles will play their first game of the season against the Duke Blue Devils in the Bull-City Gridiron Classic at Wallace Wade Stadium. Assistant head coach Dwayne Foster is currently the interim head coach for the Eagles.

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