Andy Kennedy Police video released

February 17, 2009

criminal law

A police video showing Andy Kennedy (University of Mississippi Basketball coach) being arrested on assault charge has been released. Kennedy and Bill Armstrong (Mississippi basketball operations coordinator) were arrested in downtown Cincinnati on December 18 for allegedly hitting and racially abusing an Arab taxi driver (Mohamed Moctar Ould Jiddou), a 25-year-old native of the northwest Africa country of Mauritania.

Jiddou later told reporters that the incident broke out after Kennedy hailed him and then asked him to pick up his friends. When four other people tried to get in, Jiddou said, he told them he couldn’t take that many because he only had four seat belts.  Jiddou said Kennedy then began yelling, cussing him and calling him “bin Laden, Saddam Hussein,” and hit him in the face.

Kennedy denies all the allegations and in fact has counter sued Jiddou and another witness for $25,000 alleging defamation of character (his wife also alleges a loss of consortium!)

The deposition has been set for 9 March, while the criminal case is set for April.

Source: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=3880848&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines ; http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20090211/NEWS0107/902110338

The Kennedy Counter-Claim: kennedy-counterclaim

Jiddou’s response: jiddou-response

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Associate Professor in Sports Law, Staffordshire University; British Gymnastics Senior Coach

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