Georgia Tech’s Josh Pastner files civil suit against accusers

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Attorneys representing Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner filed a civil suit Friday against an Arizona man and woman who accused him of breaking NCAA rules.

In the lawsuit, filed in Superior Court in Pima County, Arizona, the attorneys claimed former Tech booster Ron Bell and his girlfriend, Jennifer Pendley, “began a malicious campaign to defame Pastner, and to extort and blackmail Pastner, by threatening to release and releasing to the public, the media, Georgia Tech and the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), false and patently untrue information Bell and Pendley believed and intended would be extremely damaging to Pastner’s reputation and would result in Pastner losing his job at Georgia Tech and being penalized by the NCAA.”

Among other accusations, Bell accused Pastner of sexually assaulting Pendley, which Pastner’s attorneys denied in the lawsuit. Bell made a similar accusation about Pastner during telephone conversations with ESPN.

“I am disgusted and devastated by the actions of two individuals to whom I showed compassion,” Pastner said in a statement. “My family and I are victims of fraud

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