Ole Miss football player reportedly files lawsuit against Lane Kiffin, university
Ole Miss and head coach Lane Kiffin have been named in a lawsuit by defensive lineman DeSanto Rollins, per WCBI’s Jon Sokoloff.
The civil complaint, filed Thursday in the US District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, claims that Rollins was suffering from mental health issues throughout 2022 and during the 2023 offseason. Rollins claims he was not provided proper care by the university.
The complaint also claims that Kiffin “maliciously” and “in blatant disregard for the rights and health of Rollins” verbally assaulted Rollins during a March 2023 meeting before ultimately kicking him off the team.
As of publication, Rollins is still listed on the public Ole Miss roster. He has appeared in three games during his first three seasons with the program.
According to ESPN’s Heather Dinich, Rollins is seeking $10 million in compensatory damages and $30 million in punitive damages.
In a statement to ESPN, Ole Miss denied receiving a lawsuit:
“We have not received a lawsuit. DeSanto was never removed from the football team and remains on scholarship. In addition, he continues to have the opportunity to receive all of the resources and advantages that are afforded a student-athlete at the university.”
In July of 2022, the complaint says Rollins injured his Achilles tendon in his right foot. In late August of 2022, the complaint says Rollins injured his LCL in his left knee. Both injuries left Rollins feeling depression and anxiety, among other things, according to the complaint.
The complaint says the football coaching staff, team trainers, and nutritionist “knew, or should have known, that Rollins suffered severe depression…” and failed to refer Rollins for a mental health evaluation or treatment.
Rollins claims he was told to enter the transfer portal by the Ole Miss coaching staff, then was told during a February 2023 meeting with Kiffin that he was being moved to the scout team offensive line.
The complaint says Rollins’ mother then called Ole Miss trainer Pat Jernigan and asked that Rollins be referred to a counselor. The complaint says Jernigan scheduled a February 2023 meeting for Rollins with Josie Nicholson, the Assistant Athletic Director for Sport Psychology.
The complaint says Nicholson told Rollins to take “a step back from football in order to take care of his mental health.” At a follow-up meeting with Nicholson in March 2023, Rollins was informed Kiffin wanted to meet him, according to the complaint.
Rollins did not speak with Kiffin until two weeks later, according to the complaint.
The entire civil complaint can be found here.