On Friday, the (Lorain, Ohio) Morning Journal reported that Oklahoma State ace lefty and Ohio native Andy Oliver was suing the NCAA over the indefinite suspension that was levied against him just prior to the NCAA tournament. The complaint also names his former adviser, Robert Baratta, among others, and claims Oliver was the victim of "unscrupulous and unethical behavior" cause by Baratta and his law firm after Oliver informed them he was switching to the Scott Boras Corp.
According to the suit, Baratta threatened to tell the NCAA and Oklahoma State that Oliver received improper benefits unless Oliver paid $113,750 for services rendered. Baratta followed through with his threat, sending letters to the NCAA and the university on May 19, and Oliver was subsequently suspended pending further investigation.
”It’s so offensive to see the conduct among lawyers,” Oliver family attorney, Richard Johnson, told the Morning Journal. ”It’s one of those things that gives lawyers a bad name. It goes against the attorney-client privilege. The NCAA knew it couldn’t use this information because, not only is it confidential, but it was untrue. They should know better.
”For them to be involved in this kind of conduct with the Barattas is unbelievable and disgusting. They should have immediately informed Andy of the letter and turned it over instead of investigating and suspending him."
Oliver, who is traveling in Europe with Team USA, was unavailable for comment.
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