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A former Auburn assistant track and field coach is suing the school's Board of Trustees for discrimination and claims a member of the coaching staff assaulted him, according to court documents.

In lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama last week, Adrian Ghioroaie, who served as an assistant coach with Auburn's track and field team from Jan. 2014 until May 1, 2016, claims that he was discriminated against and his contract was not renewed due to an altercation with assistant track and field coach Henry Rolle.

Ghioroaie alleges Rolle "physically assaulted" him during an Oct. 2015 staff meeting and "other coaches attempted to intervene when coach Rolle grabbed a metal tiger statue and started to swing it at coach Ghioroaie's head."

The 17-page suit, filed by Birmingham-based attorney John Saxon on behalf of Ghioroaie, seeks compensatory damages from Auburn, which the suit charges with three discrimination charges (race, national origin, based on color) and retaliation, and compensatory and punitive damages from Rolle, which the suit charges with assault and battery. Ghioroaie, now a resident of Ohio and assistant with the Toledo women's track and field team, is of Romanian descent.
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