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FSU athletics tutor sues for defamation

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Brenda Monk, a former learning specialist for Florida State University (FSU), has announced plans to file a $600,000 lawsuit for defamation following allegations that she provided test answers to FSU football players and other athletes she was tutoring.

The university accused Monk, along with two other employees from its Office of Athletics and Academic Support Services, of inappropriately helping student-athletes with academic tests in violation of NCAA rules. Following an internal investigation, FSU reported the suspected violations to the NCAA. Monk resigned in July 2007 as a result of the ensuing scandal.

In a letter to the St. Petersburg Times, Monk’s attorney, Brant Hargrove, said FSU failed to adequately investigate the facts surrounding the allegations, then “released for public consumption, derogatory and defamatory statements alleging impropriety by Dr. Monk.”

Hargrove noted that NCAA hearings do not provide the same protections as the courtroom. “We’re moving into a forum where I can get at all the facts,” Hargrove said.

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