LOUISVILLE, Ky. — For 13 years, Chris Ryan has coached high school baseball. This past season was his first at Butler High School and also his last after the administration told him Tuesday the school would not be renewing his contract.
This development comes while JCPS is investigating a complaint from one of the players' families alleging his teammates had used racial slurs towards him and the coach did nothing about it.
"We understand the investigation is still ongoing so I don't know what the results of the investigation are and it doesn't really matter at this point because they've already taken action that effectively eliminates him as a coach from Butler High School," Thomas Clay, the attorney representing Ryan, said.
Ryan posted on Twitter Tuesday: "Never been more disappointed in an administration than today. Right now I'm going to take the high road. Just know that I'm fully prepared to tell the whole truth and I intend to do just that."
According to Clay, Butler High School's principal had suspended Ryan on April 22 after the player's father and grandmother complained to school officials about the alleged racial slurs, but Clay said his client did not know about the incidents until that meeting in April.
"I do know that in this situation, Coach Ryan took affirmative action to ensure that no comments like this were taking place on this baseball team, and if they were and he learned about that, he was going to take appropriate disciplinary action."
A spokesperson with JCPS told WHAS11 the investigation is still ongoing and did confirm that Ryan's contract with Butler was not going to be renewed. She said Ryan had a one-year contract with the school. The spokesperson said Ryan's employment status at Doss High School, where he is a teacher, has not changed.
Clay said he believes Butler High School acted hastily in its decision to not renew Ryan's contract before the investigation was over.
"It seems to me like fundamental fairness would require that this investigation be concluded because I know they're getting information through this investigation that supported the coach and everything he did with that baseball team," Clay said.
A petition online in support of Ryan has already reached more than 670 signatures.
Clay said he and his client are still discussing what options to take following the school's decision.
JCPS could not comment any further on the case as it is against their policy to discuss active investigations.