Rutgers: A Suit in the Nude

12/02/1998 at 12:00 AM EST

Two former Rutgers basketball players and a team manager filed a civil rights lawsuit in Newark, N.J., Superior Court Tuesday, accusing the coach of making them do wind sprints naked during a practice. The three agreed to shed a piece of clothing for every missed free-throw shot at the 1997 practice, but they said they expected it would stop at undershorts. "Well, I thought it was funny when we were taking free throws . . . but no one was laughing at the end," said Earl Johnson Jr., a sophomore player at the time. "We didn't want to do it." The suit said coach Kevin Bannon allowed other players to skip free-throw rounds or replace clothing. He rigged the contest against players and student managers recruited by his predecessor, Robert Wenzel, the lawsuit said.

With additional reporting by Ivory Clinton II.

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