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MAGIC FACING REVERSE DISCRIMINATION SUIT
Published January 10, 1996
Former Magic assistant George Scholz's reverse discrimination lawsuit against the team began Tuesday in Orange County Circuit Court. Scholz, who is white, says he was fired in 1992 so the Magic could hire a black assistant coach to replace him. Dan Brodersen, Scholz's attorney : "We feel we have an abundance of evidence that the Magic was receiving pressure to hire a black coach and they acted on that pressure by terminating George." According to the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, Brodersen also said current coach Brian Hill and former boss Matt Goukas confided to Scholz that the team was feeling community pressure to add a black assistant and that they had drawn up a list of qualified black candidates a month before Scholz was fired (John Romano, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 1/10). Among those subpoenaed to testify in the trial, which will be broadcast on CourtTV: Goukas, ex-Magic guard Scott Skiles, trainer Lenny Currier, Magic President and Part-Owner Bob Vander Weide, and local sportscaster Glen Dehmer. Scholz, who was unable to find another job for two years, is currently head coach at Jacksonville Univ. (Tim Povtak, ORLANDO SENTINEL, 1/10).