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Ray Allen asks judge to void UConn subpoena for records related to phone call with recruit

Alex Putterman, The Hartford Courant on

Published in Basketball

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Ray Allen has filed a motion asking a judge to void a UConn subpoena or issue a protective order that would prevent the Hall of Famer from having to turn over documents relating to Kevin Ollie's legal battle with the school.

The motion, submitted June 10 in Hartford Superior Court, argues that UConn lacked basis to issue the subpoena and that it gave Allen inadequate time to respond before a scheduled deposition.

In a memorandum filed June 28, UConn opposed Ollie's motion, arguing that the subpoena was lawfully issued and that concern about its timing was no longer relevant, with the deposition having passed. The school also argued that the Connecticut court system does not have jurisdiction over Allen's motion because the subpoena was issued in Florida, where Allen lives.

Allen was deposed May 30 as part of the arbitration process that will determine whether Ollie, his friend and former UConn teammate, receives the $10 million-plus that remained on his contract when he was fired in March 2018.

Last month, Allen said he was frustrated with how UConn's lawyers had treated him at the deposition and suggested the school should just "pay (Ollie) his money."

"It's a big stain not only on the university but the state," Allen said. "They have to do whatever they can to make sure that we mend fences and move forward."

Allen has become enmeshed in the Ollie/UConn legal saga due to a December 2016 phone conversation he had with a Huskies recruit on Ollie's phone, which the NCAA ruled a violation due to Allen's status as a UConn booster.

 

UConn has argued that Ollie's alleged recruiting violations, including the phone call between Allen and the recruit, represent "just cause" for the coach's firing and reason for the school to deny Ollie the money it owed him.

Allen was deposed at the request of Ollie's lawyers and lawyers with the UConn chapter of the American Association of University Professors, who also asked to depose former Huskies players Rodney Purvis, Terry Larrier and Sterling Gibbs, ex-Ollie assistants Ricky Moore and Kevin Freeman, former athletic director Warde Manuel and others.

Allen's motion is part of a broader legal fight between UConn and Ollie (with help from his union) regarding witnesses in the coach's case. The next hearing is scheduled for July 22 in Hartford.

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