University of Minnesota tennis player Michele Edlin describes in court a conversation she says she and another student had with swing instructor Ernie Rose about the sexual orientation of Kathryn Brenny — the U’s former assistant golf coach — who is lesbian and is suing the U and its former golf director, claiming they discriminated against her because of it:
“Ernie questioned us, like, ‘Oh, do you think she is?’ And I said, ‘Maybe. I can’t really tell.’ And then that’s when Ernie said, ‘Well, I talked to (golf director) John (Harris) about that, and he said if she is, then she is not staying with the girls in the same condo.’ I just know it was kind of awkward, and Teresa and I both looked at each other thinking, like, we should not have heard that.”
She also testified that Rose told her about a conversation he’d had with Harris over which job candidate to choose:
“John asked me who should I hire, the 50-year-old lesbian with kids or the one who is 30 and fit?”
Rose has denied making those statements, the U’s attorney told the Pioneer Press.