Thursday, July 19, 2018
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  • Joey Knight

Dan Mullen’s attorneys: Rebel Rags lawsuit filed to harass him

Florida Gators coach Dan Mullen said a lawsuit filed against him last week by a Mississippi clothing store was done "for no reason other than to harass him," his attorneys wrote in court documents.

Mullen's legal team cited 52 defenses in a 16-page answer to a civil suit filed last week by Rebel Rags.

The Ole Miss-themed clothing store accused Mullen and Gators athletic director Scott Stricklin of acting out of "malice and hatred" for the Rebels by aiding acts of "libel, slander and defamation" when they were worked at rival Mississippi State. Specifically, the store alleged that their agenda led two players – Leo Lewis and Kobe Jones – to lie to the NCAA during an investigation over whether they received free Rebel Rags gear when they were recruits.

Stricklin's attorney said the claims were "wholly devoid of merit."

Mullen denied "each and every material allegation" and demanded proof of the complaints through his attorneys. His legal team also wrote that the claims were "presented for an improper purpose, and are wholly frivolous."

Mullen was the Bulldogs' head coach from 2009-17. Stricklin hired him to take over the Gators in November.

A case management conference is set for April 11 in the U.S. District Court's Northern District of Mississippi.

Mullen is represented by Gordon Sproule, Cannon Lawley and Bart Cannon from the Birmingham-based law firm Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart.

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