Former University of Alabama receiver Antonio Carter has filed a lawsuit alleging fraud against Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin, Florida Atlantic University and the state of Florida.
Carter, who played for Alabama for three seasons and was a graduate assistant, had accepted a position at FAU as assistant wide receivers coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach. However, he ended up not being hired when two prior misdemeanor charges showed up on a background check conducted after Carter claimed to have been assured by Kiffin that the deal was done and he could begin work.
Carter had been recruiting a junior college prospect from his hometown. The lawsuit mentions Carter's family celebrating New Year's Eve with the prospect.
"It is believed that this relationship between plaintiff Antonio Carter and the coveted prospect was known to the coaches and defendants at the time he was hired," the lawsuit reads.
The lawsuit alleges that Carter sent Florida Atlantic documentation showing resolution of the misdemeanor charges on his record and received no response from either Kiffin or athletic director Patrick Chun.
The lawsuit, first reported by SEC Country, contains counts of reckless fraud, fraud through mistaken false statements, breach of contract, unjust enrichment and promissory fraud and conspiracy.
Carter has also held coaching positions at Appalachian State, Eastern Michigan and Samford.