Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner files lawsuit against

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner files lawsuit against Ron Bell
 2018-01-13 04:02 UTC by USA TODAY Sports

Pastner filed a civil lawsuit in Arizona against Bell, who in November admitted that he had provided extra benefits to two Georgia Tech players.

According to the lawsuit, a copy of which was obtained by USA TODAY Sports, Bell then made an allegation during a Dec. 6, 2017 phone call with NCAA investigators that Pastner had sexually assaulted Pendley, who is Bell’s girlfriend.

That allegation is “fabricated and false,” according to statement from Pastner’s attorneys.

“I am disgusted and devastated by the actions of two individuals to whom I showed compassion,” Pastner said in a statement. “My family and I are victims of fraud and extortion and the extent to which these individuals have gone to harm us is truly unfathomable. I absolutely and unequivocally never assaulted or harassed Ms. Pendley and I am truly sickened by these false claims. Upon learning of the allegations, I immediately informed law enforcement and officials at Georgia Tech.”

Pastner and Bell met more than a decade ago when Pastner was an assistant at Arizona. Their relationship was rekindled in 2013 via email, and Bell credited Pastner for saving his life through emotional support during a battle with cancer.

Pastner allowed Bell access to his program at both Memphis and Georgia Tech. In the lawsuit, Pastner provides written correspondence in which he implored Bell to follow NCAA rules and advised that he should not give players anything without asking him first so it could be cleared through the compliance office.

According to the lawsuit, as recently as Sept. 28, 2017, Bell sent an email to Pastner referencing the FBI’s investigation into college basketball, which said, in part, “Your honesty and willingness to always follow the rules is one of the things I admire about you most.”

Days later, Pastner and Bell had a falling out. According to the lawsuit, Bell was upset over a “petty dispute” between he and Pastner’s administrative assistant concerning T-shirts he had made for the Georgia Tech staff commemorating Pastner’s 40th birthday.

The lawsuit alleges that on Oct. 2, Bell “began sending text messages and calling Pastner” complaining that he had sided with his administrative assistant over him and began threatening Pastner with information about NCAA violations that he would expose.

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