Women’s Basketball Coach Fired For Suspending Lesbian Teammates : Prairie View A&M
Dawn Brown, the Prairie View A&M women’s basketball coach was terminated after she suspended two of her players who were dating one another. According to Brown, her decision was based on the players’ violation of Title IX which indicates that players should not engage in unprofessional relationships with teammates or coaches affiliated with the program.
Brown told media outlets that the rule was put in place after a coach was fired for having an intimate relationship with a player. However, the players accused Brown of suspending them based on their sexual preference.
“Clearly, I feel betrayed and unjustly penalized by this action,” Brown said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports.
The players are still students at the University and retained their full scholarship. Meanwhile, the existing players are shocked that their coach has been removed from her position.
“It’s a dramatic loss,” said Larissa Scott, a Prairie View A&M senior. “Everybody was expecting her [Brown] to come back next year doing bigger and better things especially with the new team she had coming in.”