Diocese of Houma-thibodaux Offers Statement in Robison Case
By Kelly McElroy
September 21, 2018
After a former Vandebilt Catholic High School football player filed a lawsuit against the school and the head football coach earlier this week, the Diocese of Houma–Thibodaux offered a statement on today saying it will not comment on the matter at this time.
Former Vandebilt quarterback Andrew Robison played three years at the Houma school and transferred to Hahnville after his father’s teaching and coaching contact was not renewed by Vandebilt in the spring but was later deemed ineligible at Hahnville by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.
Robison filed the suit alleging negligence by the LHSAA, fraud against Vandebilt and bullying, slander, defamation of character and theft by Vandebilt and by Terriers head football coach Jeremy Atwell.
The statement from the Diocese reads:
“On September 20, 2018, Vandebilt Catholic High School was named as one of several defendants in a lawsuit. This matter has generated a great deal of public interest, but because this is now a legal matter, the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux must refrain from any further comments. We will, however, not refrain from pursuing truth during this process. Please be assured of our continued commitment to the entire Vandebilt Catholic community and our mission within the Catholic Church. We humbly ask for your patience and prayers for all those involved.”
The lawsuit was part of a temporary restraining order that a St. Charles Parish judge granted Robison, a senior and highly rated quarterback who had his ineligibility appeal denied last week by the LHSAA, that made him eligible for tonight’s game against Destrehan through media reports out of New Orleans say Robison is not expected to play in the game.
If he does play, Hahnville could face harsh penalties from the LHSAA if a hearing set for Wednesday to review the Robison case does not go in his favor.