Brandeis coach Brian Meehan fired after multiple discrimination, racism complaints
Brandeis basketball coach Brian Meehan was fired on Thursday after a series of complaints against him alleged “preferential and discriminatory treatment, unprofessional behavior and racially biased treatment.”
Brandeis — a Division III school just outside of Boston — made the announcement in a statement on Thursday, which said the complaints began last year, prompting an investigation and unspecified disciplinary action.
His firing is a result of a new complaint that surfaced this week, the report said.
“Earlier this week, a new complaint was brought against the coach, and he was placed on immediate administrative leave,” Brandeis University president Ron Leibowitz said in a letter Thursday. “In light of the new complaint, we began a thorough examination and review of the prior incidents. As a result of this complaint and that review, the coach’s employment with Brandeis has now been terminated.”
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The statement doesn’t once name Meehan, however his name has been removed from the school’s website and isn’t listed with the rest of the coaching staff.
According to a Deadspin report, one player recalled an incident where Meehan told a black player, “I’ll ship you back to Africa.” Later in that practice session, Meehan reportedly saw the same player and said, “Oh, I don’t want to sit next to him because I’ll get Ebola.”
According to an HR report obtained by Deadspin, another incident occurred on Jan. 16, 2017:
On Martin Luther King Day 2017, per the HR report, the team was running drills when one black player, who was wearing the white side of his white-black reversible practice jersey, was told by Meehan that being white must be a “dream come true” for him.
Meehan, who has led the Judges for the past 15 seasons, is the winningest coach in program history, and has led them to a Division III Final Four. The Judges finished 7-18 last season.
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