COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The woman whose lawsuit led to the firing
of basketball coach Jim O'Brien received threatening phone calls
and had her tires slashed, her lawyer said Tuesday.
"This entire ordeal has been a tremendous strain on her," attorney Jeffrey Lucas said.
Kathleen Salyers sued two Ohio State boosters last year,
testifying in an April deposition that she never received the
$1,000 per month plus expenses she had been promised for housing
Boban Savovic, a player on the Buckeyes' Final Four team in 1998-99.
Salyers sued Savovic's sponsors, Dan and Kim Roslovic, seeking
$510,000 in expenses and damages.
Salyers was the Roslovics' nanny and housekeeper when she agreed
to take in Savovic, Lucas said. There was no written contract
outlining the agreement.
"She's their nanny, she's not a business person," Lucas said.
Ohio State fired O'Brien on June 8 after he admitted he gave
$6,000 in 1999 to Aleksandar Radojevic, a recruit who never
attended Ohio State because he was ruled ineligible after the NCAA
found out he had been paid to play in Europe.
Ohio State athletic director Andy Geiger learned of the payment
to Radojevic because it was mentioned in Salyers' statement in her
NCAA rules prohibit student athletes from receiving any
financial help from anyone other than family members.
Salyers didn't appear at the news conference Tuesday. She is
scheduled to meet next week with the university's lawyers and NCAA
investigators, Lucas said.
Ohio State athletic department spokesman Steve Snapp and NCAA
spokeswoman Kay Hawes said they could not comment. Hawes said last
week that the NCAA is investigating O'Brien and the Ohio State
basketball program. O'Brien's attorney, Jim Zeszutek, said he has
not been asked to attend next week's meeting.
The Roslovics, since divorced, had befriended Savovic when he
came to Columbus. Savovic, from what used to be Yugoslavia, was not
a U.S. citizen and required someone to vouch for him in this
Dan Roslovic's attorney, Kris Dawley, issued a statement Tuesday saying all of Salyers' claims are false. Kim Roslovic's attorney did not return a call seeking comment Tuesday.