“I think Coach Strong was able to educate Judge Taylor on some of the issues,” said Ficarrotta, the chief judge of Hillsborough County’s 13th Judicial Circuit. “It went very well.”
According to Ficarrotta, he arranged the meeting between Strong and Taylor to clear the air, although it was Taylor who reached out to Strong.
“Very good meeting on both sides,” said Brian Siegrist, associate director for communication for USF athletics. “And they both left with a good understanding.
“I know he appreciated the judge reaching out to him.”
Taylor was presiding over a court case involving Bulls defensive end LaDarrius Jackson when she made the harsh comments. Jackson has been accused of sexual assault and false imprisonment, both of which are felonies.
He is the second USF player in the span of two months to be accused of a violent crime, which prompted the brutal criticism from Taylor.
After Taylor’s condemnation of Strong went viral, she removed herself from Jackson’s case.