Women’s Basketball Coach Fired for Dismissing Two Players from Team Who Were Dating
By Brandon Simmons
The Prairie View A&M’s women’s basketball team is surrounded by a ton of controversy at the moment. According to The Grio, head coach Dawn Brown has been fired after she dismissed two players for dating each other, which was a violation of team rules. The rule prohibited any nonprofessional relationship between players, coaches, managers and anyone else associated with the program. Brown says it was not a rushed decision at all but rather one that was heard by many higher-ups.
“Clearly, I feel betrayed and unjustly penalized by this action,” Brown told USA Today. She also went on to specify that the decision was made with “consultation, encouragement and approval” by the athletics director.
Title IX does not allow for any players to be kicked off the team based on gender, race or even sexual orientation. However, this particular rule, which also received support from the school’s Title IX coordinator, was set because of an incident where an assistant coach was having an improper relationship with a student; since then, the assistant has been fired. The two players have filed a complaint, claiming the dismissal was based off of their orientation; but they still were able to retain their scholarships and stay in school.
Homosexuality is a taboo subject in the sports world, regardless of gender. However, in this case, there is a fine line between keeping up the rules and being discriminatory. Perhaps, one could question what would be done if this was a heterosexual relationship (i.e. a male water boy and female player). Something like that could serve as an x-factor as to whether or not coach Brown’s actions were justified, by examining the disciplinary actions she took to address such a matter. At this moment, Brown has filed an appeal for the firing.
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