Reports The Athletic:
College basketball official John Higgins has filed a federal civil lawsuit against a Kentucky-based media company and its owners, alleging intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, tortious interference with a business, and civil conspiracy, The Athletic has learned.
In the lawsuit, which was filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Nebraska, the plaintiffs, which include Higgins, his wife, Carol, and his company, Weatherguard, allege that Kentucky Sports Radio and its operators, Matt Jones and Drew Franklin, shared Higgins’ personal and business information online and on the radio, causing harm to his family and his business. The claim calls for an award of damages in excess of $75,000, with a specific amount to be determined at trial.
Higgins’ company, Weatherguard, which is based in Nebraska, was allegedly subjected to thousands of threatening phone calls and voice messages from Kentucky fans, including death threats against Higgins and his family, following his work in an Elite Eight game between Kentucky and North Carolina in 2017. The Wildcats lost, 75-73.
There’s nothing like the wrath of Big Blue Nation.