USA Today reported on Sept. 16, 2016, at 10:45 p.m. EDT, that the George Washington University has sacked men’s basketball coach Mike Lonergan. The decision is reported to have been taken following reports of repeated verbal and emotional abuse against the players that have been lodged against Lonergan. The academic institution is yet to formally make the announcement. However, this was communicated by an insider, who claims to have complete knowledge on the matter, on conditions of anonymity.
Most of the allegations leveled against Lonergan pertain to the bigoted comments he has frequently made against the players in the past, such as repeatedly telling a player to transfer to a transgender league. These allegations first came to light in July 2016, for which the coach has already been undergoing inquiry.
However, going by the supposed veracity of the information shared by the anonymous person, this would be the first time that any concrete action would be taken against him. Despite such similar accusations already made in the past, both the coach and his irresponsible behavior have gone unchecked. This is evident from his sheer dismissal of the same allegations labeling them as baseless, as the university inquiry itself has failed to find an iota of truth in them.
Sources suggest that as a result of this abusive behavior, Lonergan, who has been coaching the players of the university for the last five years, has seen at least 13 players voluntarily seeking transfers.
Written by Bashar Saajid
Edited by Cathy Milne
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