OVERTIME: Frazier vs. NCCU
As quiet as it's been kept, the fight between N.C. Central University and Henry Frazier III isn't over, according to one of his lawyers, Linda Kenney Baden.
Frazier said the way NCCU fired him was wrong. He has filed a lawsuit toward that end. Frazier wants his old job, and he wants his money, Baden said.
NCCU spokeswoman Ayana Hernandez said the university has no comment on that.
Frazier's personal life had become too much of a distraction for the school, so that's why he was fired last summer, NCCU athletics director Ingrid Wicker-McCree said.
Frazier was arrested August 19, 2013 for violating a domestic-violence protective order that set up terms for how he and his estranged wife were supposed to interact.
Wicker-McCree fired Frazier shortly thereafter. The termination outright cut ties between NCCU and Frazier, who received no financial severance from the job that was paying him at least $225,000 annually.
Frazier had two years left on his five-year contract. That's the money he's seeking, because he was fired before having his day in court, which he got Sept. 30, 2013, when Wake County Judge Jennifer Knox dismissed the charges against him based on a technicality.
The reason the protective order was an issue goes back to the summer of 2012, when Frazier was suspended with pay from his coaching duties after Morrisville police arrested him for allegedly assaulting Lanier Turner-Frazier. She was his wife at the time, but the two have since divorced.
Frazier later pleaded guilty to assaulting Turner-Frazier and was reinstated as NCCU's head coach less than two weeks before practice began for the Eagles' 2012 season.
Hernandez has pointed out a morals clause in Frazier's contract that gave the university grounds to fire him if his conduct reflected poorly on the university.
Frazier was hired on 2010.
This past December, NCCU replaced interim head coach Dwayne Foster with Jerry Mack.
Mack previously coached wide receivers at the University of South Alabama. The NCCU job is his first as a head coach. His salary is $180,000 for five years. That's at least $45,000 per year less than what Frazier was making.
Baden is a New York-based attorney and did some work with the late Johnnie Cochran, the lawyer who represented former NFL running back O.J. Simpson during his murder trial.