Former USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian has lost his $30 million lawsuit against the school over his firing in 2015.
Sarkisian, now the offensive coordinator with the Atlanta Falcons, issued a statement Monday saying he was “disappointed in the decision, but we will respect it and move on.”
USC fired Sarkisian in October 2015 a couple of months after he slurred his words and cursed at a preseason pep rally. While he blamed the incident on mixing medication and alcohol, reports surfaced of Sarkisian being involved in other alcohol-related incidents.
Sarkisian sued the university for breach of contract and discrimination involving a disability, saying he should have been offered a chance for alcoholism treatment instead of being fired.
But an arbitrator ruled last week in favor of the university, saying Sarkisian had hidden his condition from the school.
Sarkisian has since undergone treatment for alcohol abuse.
“The last two years have been trying,” Sarkisian said in his statement. “But I am in now a great place, healthy, happy and loving my job with the Falcons and have the support of my family and friends and that’s where my focus is and will remain.”
USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann noted in a statement, “We are pleased that the arbitration has reached its rightful conclusion and we wish Steve Sarkisian well.”
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