DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)—Former Iowa State basketball star Nikki Moody has sued coach Bill Fennelly, the university and the state for racial discrimination and retaliation, saying she was repeatedly called a “thug” and labeled a selfish player despite being the program’s career assists leader.
Fennelly, who has been Iowa State’s coach since 1995, constantly demeaned, berated, harassed and discriminated against Moody during her time with the Cyclones, according to the lawsuit filed in state district court. Moody, who is Black, said the discrimination she suffered led to a “hostile education environment through racial harassment.”
“Iowa State University has not seen the lawsuit and has no comment,” spokesman John McCarroll said.
Fennelly is 447-223 with Iowa State—which regularly ranks among the nation’s top teams in home attendance—and is signed through 2019 after agreeing to a 12-year, $10.6 million contract in 2007.
Moody, who graduated in 2015 as a four-year starter, said the abuse caused her severe emotional distress and that her complaints to assistant coaches and a senior athletics administrator brought no response.