Attorney: Corey Lambert denies allegations after firing at John Ehret
In response to his client Corey Lambert’s dismissal earlier in the day, his attorney Willie Zanders issued a statement on behalf of his client that states Lambert is not guilty of any of the allegations which resulted the coach’s dismissal this week as head football coach at John Ehret:
In connection with reports that Coach Lambert was found guilty of illegal recruiting at John Ehret High School, please see the attached document prepared by the Human Resources Department for Jefferson Parish Public Schools which states in pertinent part: “the allegations against you cannot be confirmed…The investigation has been completed and your were returned to your coaching duties on April 18, 2017. Any loss of pay during this time will be retroactively paid back to you.”
The second document was written to John Ehret’s former principal by the person who actually processed the false student information (as presented by a parent). Coach Lambert had nothing to do with the violation, but was made the fall guy. The school was fined and not Corey Lambert. As Head Coach, the Association forced him to complete a Certification Course. But that was not a big deal.
Expect a full PRESS STATEMENT in a few days with the names behind the false allegations and conspiracy which led to Coach Lambert’s interim dismissal. I stress interim because we will fight these personal and politically-inspired charges against him.
“They” waited until Coach Lambert’s mentor and beloved School Board Member was laid to rest a few days ago to fire him, but Corey has a lawyer and I’m still standing.
Earlier in the day, the Jefferson Parish Communications office issued a brief statement on Lambert’s dismissal:
In February 2017, the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) was notified of an outside investigation into the athletic program at John Ehret High School.
At that time, the District began its own investigation into the complaint. After a very lengthy and thorough investigation, JPPSS determined that a personnel action was warranted. This action was taken today. According to school board policy, the District does not release details of any personnel action.
Various sources cited purging athletes from other West Bank public schools and questionable financial practices as the reasons for the move made by the parish and John Ehret.
Lambert, who guided Ehret to a 40-20 record in five seasons, told CrescentCitySports.com that he is innocent and that he plans to coach again soon while continuing to contest the dismissal. Lambert, a former star quarterback for the Patriots, guided Ehret to the Class 5A state championship game in 2015.
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