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Coach claims he was fired for buying daiquiri shop

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A former Central High School assistant football coach contends in a lawsuit that he lost his coaching job last month because he bought a local daiquiri shop in January.

Michael Gardner claims he told Principal Bob Wales of the purchase, and even offered to donate money to the school's athletics because a number of local businesses that serve alcoholic beverages do the same.

The lawsuit alleges Wales advised Gardner that he would not be allowed to make any such donations because the sale of liquor is a "sin" and, particularly, because Gardner is a coach and role model.

The suit names the Central Community School System and Wales as defendants.

Superintendent Michael Faulk said Wednesday he had not seen the lawsuit and could not comment on it.

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