The full allegations against the former Arizona head coach are out.
Arizona fired head football coach Rich Rodriguez Tuesday night in the midst of claims of workplace misconduct and sexual harassment brought on by a former administrative assistant.
The full claim filed by Melissa Wilhelmsen and her husband can be viewed here. Among the allegations is one contending that Rodriguez told then-assistant coach Matt Dudek that Arizona offensive lineman Zach Hemmila would “be fine” when Dudek expressed concern for the player on August 7, 2016.
One day later, Hemmila would die of an overdose.
Rodriguez’ demand for secrecy included doing nothing about a player that needed help. On August 8, 2016, football player Zach Hemmila was found dead from a painkiller overdose.
The evening before, Matt Dudek had taken Zach to Rodriguez telling him that something was wrong with Zach and needed help. But Rodriguez did nothing simply saying, “he’ll be fine.”
If Rodriguez’s knowledge of the extent of Zach’s issues was another secret Melissa had to keep.
Other serious accusations include Rodriguez making Wilhelmsen and other employees cover up his extramarital affair, refusing to intervene when Wilhelmsen told him Wildcat players were sending her lewd pictures and multiple instances of sexual harassment.
The full claim can be found here.