Former Concordia University baseball player claims coach promised help in exchange for sex acts


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By Marty Farmer

Sports Editor

Anthony Collaro, a former Concordia University student athlete, is suing the school and former Cougars baseball coach, Spiro Lempesis. According to the lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court, Collaro claims that Lempesis promised to help him pursue his aspirations of becoming a professional baseball player in exchange for performing sex acts on video.

The lawsuit alleges that Lempesis filmed Collaro performing sexual acts 20-30 times in the coach's office at the Concordia gymnasium between June 2008 and June 2009. The lawsuit further details that Lempesis allegedly lied to Collaro by claiming he would edit the video footage and sell it to a California-based porn company for profit, with the money earmarked to help promote Collaro's baseball career.

According to the suit, when Collaro was a sophomore on the Concordia baseball team, Lempesis promised to contact a player and multiple agents associated with major league organizations, including the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays and Pittsburgh Pirates. The suit maintains that Collaro never saw any professional scouts at Concordia games, nor was he contacted by any professional baseball personnel.

When he refused to perform a sexual act with Lempesis on video, Collaro alleges in the lawsuit, his playing time with the Cougars was reduced.

"This man took my life and turned it upside down," Collaro said, in a press release issued by the law firm Romanucci and Blandin representing him. "He treated me like a piece of garbage. I trusted him. All he did was lie to me. Nobody has been held accountable for what this man has done."

Prior to their time spent together within the Concordia baseball program, Collaro participated in a baseball summer camp in 2010 when he was 10 years old, with Lempesis serving as one of the camp's coaches.

After working as Concordia's baseball coach for a decade, Lempesis was fired in September 2010. At the time, the university said Lempesis' termination was due to allegations of sexual misconduct.

Eric Matanyi, Concordia's assistant vice president for communications and marketing, said the university had no comment on the lawsuit at this time. Collaro's lawyer, Antonio Romanucci, could not be immediately reached for comment.

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Marie from Chicago  

Posted: November 14th, 2013 1:26 PM

He was no kid. He consented in it and knew what he was doing. They are both wrong! Why did he wait so long and where are his parents? He will probably turn out just like the coach. The whole story is gross!

Matt on Madison  

Posted: May 30th, 2013 10:44 AM

It hasn't been corrected online and on a different subject how come you never update sports during the week like other publication/websites do. It would be nice to follow the baseball/softball teams results here.

Marty Farmer  

Posted: May 21st, 2013 2:21 PM

Apologies on the reporting mistake. Collaro attended the camp in 2000. Been corrected online- Marty Farmer

Tyler Perrys House of Payne  

Posted: May 20th, 2013 1:37 PM

oh thats just NASTY!!!

Matt on Madison  

Posted: May 20th, 2013 10:49 AM

Im sure its supose to say attended camps in 2000. Just poor reporting and fact checking. the guys fired thank god. The kid needs to move on with his life. How much can he actually get for consenting to participate to be filmed. I am not sure what his losses are here??


Posted: May 19th, 2013 10:41 AM

"Collaro and Lempesis knew one another prior to Collaro enrolling at the university. Collaro participated in a baseball summer camp in 2010 when he was 10 years old. Lempesis served as one of the camp's coaches." This doesn't make sense. Can these dates be corrected? It's unclear when these events occurred and how old Carollo was at the time they occurred.


Posted: May 18th, 2013 12:57 PM

..because another man ASKS him to perform sex acts on him in exchange for goods/services (usually called prostitution with some exceptions) and he AGREES. He was a consenting adult, enrolled in college. I wouldn't want him playing on my team anyway if he'd do this just to get a career. At what point are adults responsible for bad decisions and not victims? He's complaining because the guy did not get him in the majors...not about the sex acts he agreed to perform to buy his way in. He's no kid.


Posted: May 18th, 2013 12:48 PM

"Collaro is claiming in the lawsuit that Lempesis promised to help him pursue his aspirations of becoming a professional baseball player in exchange for performing sex acts on video." What is he a victim of...poor ethics and morals? A victim of his own poor decision...prostituting himself in exchange for a career that never came? The coach was wrong and he was fired. Whether or not his actions are criminal I'm not sure. When you call an adult aged man a victim...

Resident from Oak Park  

Posted: May 17th, 2013 8:59 PM

This guy needs to be in jail. There are many other student/athletes that were also victims of this that have not come forward. Hopefully others will step up and make sure he never sees the light of day again! The investigators need to contact all of the players the monster coached!

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