Former WSU football player sues Leach

LINH NGUYEN, Evergreen reporter

Former football player Zaire Webb has sued WSU football Head Coach Mike Leach over his alleged inconsistent enforcement of rules.

Webb and teammate Anthony White Jr. were arrested for allegedly shoplifting at Walmart in October. The next day, Leach kicked the two off the team. Although the Whitman County Prosecutor’s Office dropped all charges due to a lack of evidence, Webb and White remained off the team and without scholarships.

Webb then appealed Leach’s decision. He said Leach lied to the appeals committee, referencing two players who remained on the team after other criminal cases, Pullman Radio reported.

Logan Tago, a player who pleaded guilty to assault, spent a month in jail and returned to prepare for his senior year of football.

Grant Porter, another player, has a pending case that involves alleged abuse and death threats towards his girlfriend in Moscow, Pullman Radio reported. Porter was suspended from the team last fall, but is currently on the roster for the spring football season.

Webb claimed his removal was a breach of contract and that his due process rights were denied during his appeal hearing. He filed the lawsuit at the Whitman County Superior Court.

Leach said Webb was removed because of a breach of contract, Pullman Radio reported. Leach presented the three rules he has for all players: no drugs, no stealing and no assaulting a woman. In the end, the committee ruled to uphold Leach’s decision.

Bill Stevens, the associate athletics director for football, declined to comment on the pending case.