Andrew Giuliani, a Duke senior and former member of the men's golf team, is suing the University and his former coach for allegedly illegally terminating his athletic eligibility, his attorneysaid Wednesday.
Bob Ekstrand filed the suit against Duke and O.D. Vincent on Wednesday on behalf of Giuliani (stats), who was dismissed from the golf team in February.
The suit alleges that Giuliani, son of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, was wrongfully suspended without warning. The suit says the suspension became permanent because Vincent created "unique parameters" for Giuliani's reinstatement, including requiring a note supporting his return from each member of the team.
The suit alleges that Vincent also conspired against Giuliani's efforts to garner support from team members by taking measures to reduce the roster.
"It was plainly obvious to each team member that their own personal interests were directly in conflict with Andrew's reinstatement to the team," the suit reads. "They feared that O.D. Vincent could unilaterally dismiss them from the team without warning or notice."
The filing says the termination breached University policy and procedures.
"The only University document that is consistent with O.D. Vincent's scheme is the library's copy of William Golding's The Lord of the Flies," the suit reads. "O.D. Vincent's bizarre scheme violated both the spirit and the plain meaning of the Contract."