Monday, July 31, 2017

Title IX investigation into FAMU women's hoops coach complete

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- Florida A&M's Office of Equal Opportunity Programs last month ruled allegations that head women's basketball coach LeDawn Gibson bullied players based on sexual orientation were "unsubstantiated."

Allegations of bullying were originally brought to the attention of then-Deputy Athletic Director Elliot Charles, who on Feb. 3 forwarded an anonymous email to FAMU's director of equal opportunity programs.

The allegations included claims both Gibson and assistant coach LaTasha Ganus bullied, verbally abused and discriminated against the players who were dismissed from the team.

The findings of the investigation, dated June 30, said, "The same-sex allegation does not rise to the level of discriminatory behavior."

Added in the report, "It does not appear to be reasonable that a coach who has recruited and continues to recruit student-athletes who are openly homosexual would dismiss student-athletes because of same sex relationships when there is clear evidence that other, non-discriminatory factors impacted the dismissal decisions."


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