Love Family Files Civil Suit Against Virginia Coaches, Athletic Director
Sharon Love, the mother of slain Virginia women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love, on Tuesday filed a $29.45 million civil lawsuit against Virginia head men's lacrosse coach Dom Starsia, Cavaliers assistant coach Marc Van Arsdale and Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage for negligence in Love's death, according to a copy of the lawsuit published on the website of NBC29 in Charlottesville, Va.
The suit lists the plaintiffs as Sharon Love and the estate of Yeardley Love. It comes a week after the Love family filed a similar civil suit against George Huguely, the former men's lacrosse player who in February was convicted of second-degree murder and grand larceny in Yeardley Love's death. A Charlottesville jury recommended a 26-year sentence for Huguely in the criminal trial.
The civil suit filed Tuesday claims that Love died and the family has suffered damages as a result of the negligence and gross negligence of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Starsia, Van Arsdale and Littlepage.
The lawsuit points to several incidents concerning Huguely's erratic behavior and issues with alcohol, and that Huguely was not disciplined by Starsia, Van Arsdale, Littlepage or anyone at Virginia after learning about said incidents.
The "background facts" of the suit note a 2008 incident in which Huguely was charged and later convicted of public intoxication and swearing and resisting arrest in Lexington, Va., when he had to be physically subdued by a police officer. He was ordered to 50 hours community service and six months supervised probation, but the Virginia coaching staff or athletic department levied no discipline.
The suit also mentions an incident in the spring of 2009, when Huguely attacked a teammate while he was sleeping after learning the teammate had been seen with Huguely's girlfriend at the time, Love. The suit says "Starsia and/or Van Arsdale" talked to both players and talked separately with the teammate, who required medical attention from a lacrosse team trainer. No discipline was taken against Huguely by the team.