District Court Judge Bill Sowder has dismissed Mike Leach's defamation lawsuit against Craig James, ESPN and Spaeth Communications, according to a report from KCBD-TV in Lubbock. In a statement, Spaeth Communications attorney Scott McLaughlin said the truth won out.
"Spaeth Communications - and the other defendants for that matter - won summary judgment because the truth made its way into the record. Spaeth has always taken the position that it would not try this case in the media, being fully confident in the Lubbock County judicial system. Spaeth's confidence was obviously justified and our entire law firm is very happy for Merrie and her colleagues."
With the dismissal, all of Leach's lawsuits stemming from his firing at Texas Tech are resolved. His case against the university was dismissed and his appeal was denied by the Texas Supreme Court in February. However, the Washington State head coach can still appeal the decision by Judge Sowder.
Texas Tech fired Leach in 2009 after an investigation into the then-head coach revealed he engaged in abusive behavior with a player who had suffered a concussion. The player was Adam James, son of then-ESPN college football broadcaster Craig James, and Leach had allegedly twice locked him in a small, dark utility closet. In his lawsuit, Leach said Craig James repeatedly complained to Texas Tech about his son's treatment, even before the alleged abuse, and influenced the firing.