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Report: George Washington players fleeing school due to Mike Lonergan

14 MAR 2014: George Washington Colonials head coach Mike Lonergan during the first half of the game between the George Washington Colonials and the Massachusetts Minutemens played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn,NY. George Washington Colonials defeated the Massachusetts Minutemen 85-77.
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Over the last five years, 13 players have departed George Washington University’s men’s basketball team. The reason might have something to do with head coach Mike Lonergan, per Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post.

This past April, a George Washington player complained about Lonergan to a campus Title IX coordinator. The coordinator, Rory Muhammad, told the player that they had previously investigated Lonergan’s behavior and that the situation had been “handled.”

Per Kilgore, the player told Muhammad that Lonergan had created an offense and uncomfortable environment, and that, as a result, transfers were becoming very common. Despite the fact that George Washington University has fielded complaints about his behavior, there have been no reprimands.

“I will not respond to anonymous, unfounded allegations,” said Lonergan, via Kilgore. “These types of accusations have already been investigated by the University and found to be groundless.”

George Washington players said the coach called a meeting with his players to identify the sources who talked about his behavior. A former member of George Washington’s men’s basketball staff had harsh words.

“They just transferred because they hated him. They couldn’t stand another second of him,” said the member, per Kilgore.

Players say that Lonergan once told a player that his son would always be on food stamps. He told another player that he should be in a “transgender league.”

One player even attended therapy as a result of his alleged abuse.

Players also say that Lonergan has even attacked George Washington Athletic Director Patrick Nero, making the environment uncomfortable.

“(The player) did a great thing, going to the AD and Title IX department,” one player said. “”If they didn’t do anything, what am I supposed to do?”

None of the players contacted by The Washington Post have heard anything back from the school about the complaints.

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