Cleared of Prostitution Charges, Does Southern Owe Greg LaFleur?
Former Southern University athletic director Greg LaFleur told a Louisiana district judge yesterday that the school breached his contract when it fired him three days after his arrest last April for alleged solicitation of a prostitute.
LaFleur is seeking damages and his base salary for the remainder of a contract initially inked through 2013. He was found not guilty of the charges earlier this year, but Southern says that LaFleur didn’t appeal his firing, despite being given a 30-day window to do so and being paid up until May 6.
Timing is the major issue here. LaFleur gets busted in a prostitution sting, and is fired three days later. Hookers didn’t cost him his job, it was a suffering Southern sports program. The arrest was the reason the SU Board was looking for, but may inevitably turn out to be a hasty reaction to an otherwise justifiable dismissal.
Another question – between LaFleur and ongoing court cases with Ralph Slaughter, is it a popular pasttime in Baton Rouge to sue Southern?