Nick Rolovich, the recently terminated Washington State football coach, has shown intent on slamming the university with a lawsuit for illegal termination, as reported by Adam Rittenberg with ESPN.
This past Monday, Rolovish, along with four of his assistants who were also unvaccinated, were terminated for cause by the school for not going along with the Washington state mandate that forces all state employees to be either have an approved exemption or be vaccinated against COVID-19.
In his case, Rolovish put in for a religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine but was summarily denied the exemption.
Rittenberg was able to obtain a letter in which Brian Fahling, an attorney representing Rolovich, stated that the firing was “unjust and unlawful.”
The termination of Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich on Monday was unjust and unlawful.
It came after Coach Rolovich’s request for a religious exemption from the vaccine was denied by the university. The institution also indicated that even if the exemption had been granted, no accommodation would have been made.
As a result, Coach Rolovich will be taking legal action against Washington State University, and all parties responsible for his illegal termination.
Just received this from an attorney representing Nick Rolovich, who plans to sue #WashingtonState for illegal termination. Accuses AD Pat Chun of “discriminatory and vindictive behavior.” pic.twitter.com/KTOnIchKXD
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) October 20, 2021
The future for Rolovich as the true head coach of the Cougars has been a talking point for quite a while even before his firing. Back in July, Rolovich stated that he would not be getting the vaccine, thus causing him to attend the Pac-12 Media Days via remote access.
In the wake of the Washington state vaccine mandate back in August, Rolovish stated that he would follow the mandate, but did not state specifically that he would go out and get the vaccine. It was not until very recently that it came to light that Rolovich was pushing for the use of a religious exemption.
“This is a disheartening day for our football program,” stated Pat Chun, WSU athletic director, this past Monday. “Our priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the young men on our team. The leadership on our football team is filled with young men of character, selflessness and resiliency and we are confident these same attributes will help guide this program as we move forward.”
Chun was mentioned, in particular, in the letter which accused Chun of harboring “animus towards Coach Rolovich’s sincerely held religious beliefs.”
“Since at least early April, it became clear that Chun had already determined that Coach Rolovich would be fired. Chun’s animus towards Coach Rolovich’s sincerely held religious beliefs, and Chun’s dishonesty at the expense of Coach Rolovich during the past year is damning and will be thoroughly detailed in litigation. Chun’s discriminatory and vindictive behavior have caused immeasurable harm to Coach Rolovich and his family.”
As of yet, Rolovich has not given details about his reasoning for seeking the religious exemption, even though Rolovich is a devout Catholic.