Brandeis Dumps Officials After Report On Abusive Basketball Coach by the Forward

Brandeis Dumps Officials After Report On Abusive Basketball Coach

Four months after Brandeis University fired its men’s basketball coach due to allegations of verbal abuse and racial discrimination, the university has accepted the resignation of one top official and demoted two others who were supposed to supervise him, Deadspin reported.

Vice president of student affairs Sheryl Sousa resigned, and athletic director Lynn Dempsey and VP of Human Resources Robin Nelson-Bailey were both “demoted and relieved of leadership and supervisory responsibilities,” being placed on probation, according to a statement by the school.

Former coach Brian Meehan was fired after Deadspoin reported earlier this year that he had used derogatory language towards black players and favored white players during try-outs.

“I don’t want to sit next to him because I’ll get Ebola,” Meehan allegedly said to one black player. “I’ll Ship You Back To Africa,” he reportedly told another. He is also accused of referring to another athlete as “Jew boy.”

An external investigation found that Dempsey and Sousa both had direct contact with players who reported Meehan’s behavior, but no action was taken until Deadspin’s inquiries. The players said Dempsey and Sousa were friends of Meehan’s and continued to take no action against their complaints.

In a move not directly related to the Meehan investigation, Brandeis also fired its swim coach in mid-August for making inappropriate comments about athletes’s weight and physical appearance, Deadspin reported.

Contact Aisha Tahir at tahir@forward.com

Author

Brandeis Dumps Officials Over Abusive Basketball Coach

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Brandeis Dumps Officials After Report On Abusive Basketball Coach

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close