What is happening to the Ohio State football program?
By now, you have probably seen the video of the quarterback holding his arm up in the air during a touchdown celebration.
This is the play that sparked a national conversation about Ohio State’s football program.
What did you think?
What did we miss?
Well, this is where things get a little murky.
The NFL is suing the Ohio University Football program, the state of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Health for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
In the lawsuit, the NFL alleges the university “violated the Americans With Disabilities Acts by not accommodating a deaf football player in violation of Title II of the ADA and the Equal Access Act.”
The lawsuit also alleges that Ohio State violated the ADA in failing to provide a “reasonable accommodation” to the player.
The lawsuit claims the university and the state failed to make sure the player had access to a hearing device, a wheelchair and other assistance.
The NCAA, in a statement to the media, said that while the NCAA “does not comment on pending litigation, we support the NCAA’s efforts to ensure that our member schools and colleges receive adequate accessibility to students with disabilities and we are reviewing the allegations.”
Ohio State is not the only program in the country facing ADA violations.
The University of Southern California (USC) and University of North Carolina have both been hit with the same lawsuit.
USC announced in a press release on Monday that it was filing a complaint against Ohio State over its policy regarding hearing aids.
The university claims that the university failed to provide “a reasonable accommodation” for a deaf player.
North Carolina has been hit by a similar lawsuit over its deaf policy.
UNC and USC announced that they have filed a lawsuit against Ohio and Ohio State, respectively, over their policies regarding deaf players.
The complaint states that the policies “exclude deaf students from playing on campus.”
The university also states that it is “committed to working with our partners and other institutions to ensure the inclusion of deaf students on our campus.”
Ohio University has denied the allegations in both lawsuits.
According to an official statement issued by the school, the university is “confident” in the ADA’s protections for students with hearing impairments.
“As a university, we do not discriminate against students with a disability in the provision of educational opportunities, services or privileges.
The Ohio University University community is committed to providing an inclusive environment for all,” the statement reads.
Ohio State’s statement does not address the claims in the lawsuit.
The school also did not respond to requests for comment.
This is the second lawsuit against the university in the past month.
In January, the NCAA released a report detailing several issues with the school’s deaf football team.
In the report, the organization said that the team had “a deaf football coach and a deaf assistant coach” who had been “taken advantage of” by deaf students.
The report also highlighted that the deaf football players were “subject to bullying and harassment by students and their coaches, and that students have complained of being bullied by the coaches.”