Union accuse Nowak of hazing, negligence in defense of termination

Union accuse Nowak of hazing, negligence in defense of termination

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Union accuse Nowak of hazing, negligence in defense of termination

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The details of the Philadelphia Union's defense against Peter Nowak have emerged in the ongoing lawsuit between the two parties, and the Union's claims shed light on some disturbing behind-the-scenes happenings under his watch.

As part of the Union's list of reasons for dismissal, the details of which were uncovered by Philly.com, the club alleges that Nowak violated team rules, engaging in "physical confrontations with players and officials during a Team game resulting in a fine and multi-game suspension, interfering with the rights of Team players to contact the players' union with concerns, subjecting Team players to inappropriate hazing activities and engaging in behavior that put the health and safety of Team players at risk."

The team's letter also says that he demonstrated "gross negligence" when it came to the health and safety of his players, withholding water from players during training sessions, ignoring advice from the team's trainer while concealing medical issues from the club's medical staff.

Nowak is suing the club for wrongful termination and for not being paid severance money that he claims he is legally owed. He was under contract until after the 2015 season.

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