Ex-Renaissance coach says he has emails showing wrongful firing

- Former Renaissance High School Basketball Coach Venais Jordan is again calling foul.

 He sounding off on his firing and the hiring of another coach, Mark White, who would later turn down the job. Jordan said he now has emails that prove he was undermined.

"When the emails and text messages came out I was kind of in shock," Jordan said. "It was completely conspired from the jump."

His lawyer Drew Paterson obtained emails between the school's principal Verynda Stroughter and deputy superintendent Iranetta Wright.

In them, he says the two agreed to hire White as a basketball coach and even created a new $70,000 dean of culture position for him, that was prior to Jordan being interviewed to keep the coaching job - prior to listing the hoops gig so other candidates could apply. 

In one email Stroughter wrote to the deputy superintendent:

"How do I proceed with the coaching position? Do I need to post and interview? I told the old coach (Jordan) that I would be interviewing."

Then later, "I am feeling like I should interview Vido this week to make it clean. thoughts?"

Jordan is upset.

"I was just completely frustrated - especially doing nothing wrong," Jordan said. "Traveling with my kids, coaching my kids and trying to build up a championship program and this is being done behind closed doors and behind my back."

Jordan sued the district after he was fired. His lawyer alleges Stroughter and White were having an affair - something White tearfully denied during an interview last month.

"The allegations about a relationship with a woman I don't even know," he said. "It hurt my wife and my children."
 
The Detroit Public Schools Community District released a statement saying:
 
"Principal Stroughter had the discretion and authority to remove Venias Jordan, Jr. who was reprimanded for sending an inappropriate text message to a male student.  The district alleges Jordan was verbally abusive and intimidated players."

They are allegations the former Renaissance basketball coach denies.

The district says it is standing by the principal's decision to hire a new boys' basketball coach. In the meantime, Jordan is moving forward with his lawsuits against the school district.
 

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