Stockton University football player Michael Taylor has filed a lawsuit against the school and its athletic director accusing them of “excessive” scrutiny, excessive discipline and unfair treatment.
The suit accuses the university of violating the First Amendment and federal labor laws and alleges that Taylor, now a sophomore at the University of California, Merced, is being unfairly discriminated against because he’s a Muslim.
In a statement, the university said it has “strong and robust rules of conduct” and that it “does not tolerate racial or religious discrimination.”
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Merced.
The Associated Press is not naming Taylor because he is a U.K. citizen.
It said he’s seeking unspecified damages.
In an interview with the AP earlier this year, Taylor said he was targeted because he had played sports for more than a decade and played at the highest level.
He also said he is proud of his Muslim faith.
Taylor said in the interview that he would be “a lot more confident” if he could show he was qualified to play for the school.
He said he’d also be able to “get a better job.”
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