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Judge Throws Out Discrimination Case Against NBA Team

February 9, 1996

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ A discrimination lawsuit filed by an Orlando Magic scout in 1992 was dismissed Friday.

Circuit Judge Linda Gloeckner said that George Scholz and his lawyers failed to provide enough evidence of discrimination or defamation for the case to be presented to the jury. The ruling came after weeks of testimony.

Scholz, who is white, alleged he was fired by the Magic to make room for a black assistant coach. The team denied the allegations and said Scholz was a scout, not a coach.

``Throughout the course of more than three years, we have believed that the case was without merit,″ the team said in a written statement.

Magic officials refused further comment.

Matt Goukas, who was coach of the Magic at that time, testified last week that the team had legitimate reasons to fire Scholz. He said Scholz disrupted team chemistry by not getting along with the coaching staff and by complaining about his primary duty, which was scouting opponents.

Scholz said he would appeal the judge’s ruling.

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