Who was Kylee McLaughlin?
Kylee McLaughlin is a former volleyball player from the University of Oklahoma who is reportedly suing her alma mater and ex-coaches for labeling her ‘racist’ and consequently ‘freezing’ her out of the team. Kylee, who was a standout player with Sooners All-Big 12, holds conservative political views.
The 2018 Big 12 Co-Setter of the Year, Kylee was a two-time All-Big 12 First-Team Selection and two-time All-Southwest Region, honoree.
Former #Sooners setter Kylee McLaughlin is suing the university for a minimum of $75,000 over exclusion, claiming her team branded her racist for her politically conservative views.https://t.co/fUXt3hfcP0
— OU Daily Sports (@OUDailySports) June 4, 2021
For her career, she tallied 3,546 assists. She has filed five other complaints in the lawsuit, suing the school and coaches for a total of $375,000.
Her lawsuit accuses the university administration and the coaches of violating her free speech, which, in turn, affected her volleyball career.
Kylee McLaughlin Transfer
Presently, 22-year-old McLaughlin has been transferred to the University of Mississippi for her final year.
Following the incidents, McLaughlin was told by coaches and administrators that she did not fit in with the culture of the team. They gave her the options of transferring, continuing on scholarship as a non-athletic student, or take a redshirt year.
She opted for the last choice and during her redshirt year, she was subjected to undergo 10 hours of diversity and inclusion training online.
How old is Kylee McLaughlin?
Kylee McLaughlin is 22 years old as of the year 2021.
Kylee McLaughlin Oklahoma
She reportedly disagreed with her teammates on certain racially sensitive matters like George Floyd’s death or the Oscar-winning documentary ’13th’ about Black prisoners being imprisoned disproportionately in the USA. McLaughlin’s right-wing political beliefs led her to be alienated by the team members. Now, her lawsuit implicates OU coach Lindsey Gray-Walton and assistant coach Kyle Walton, who is being sued for $75,000 each.
“Although (McLaughlin) supports equality, social justice, and finds racism despicable, she disagreed with the woke culture and critical race theory advocated and practiced by two of her coaches who are the Defendants in this action,” her lawsuit says.
The incidents sparked after the brutal murder of George Floyd in May 2020 by Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin.
Kylee McLaughlin Volleyball
Hailing from Texas, Kylee was named the Texas Gatorade Player of the Year in 2016. She was playing for Hebron High School in Carrolton, Texas, at the time.
In her freshman season, she played for Oregon State University before being transferred to Oklahoma. McLaughlin has been a star player for the University of Oklahoma volleyball team, where she helped the team reach the NCAA tournament in 2019.
However, she alleges that there have been multiple instances where she had faced backlash and isolation due to her conservative political views.
Former University of Oklahoma volleyball player, Kylee McLaughlin, is suing the university, claiming it violated her First Amendment rights after she was labeled a racist due to her conservative beliefs. https://t.co/duHV8thQh0
— Newsmax (@newsmax) June 5, 2021