Michigan State Spartans softball coaches Jessica Bograkos and Jacquie Joseph are set to face a police investigation. According to the Detroit News, former softball player Alyssa McBride reported that Bograkos threw softballs at her on two separate incidents with consent from head coach Joseph.
Allegedly, McBride was being punished for making distasteful, off-the-record comments about the head coach.
Both Ingham and Isabella counties have open investigations on the coaches. Michigan State is also initiating their own investigation.
“Obviously we take any allegations made by a student-athlete very seriously,” MSU spokesman Jason Cody told the Lansing Journal.
Cody said MSU was made aware of the allegations in mid-May and hired an outside law firm, Miller Canfield, to lead the investigation.
“It’s something we’re trying to move very quickly on, and we would hope to have a result of that in a couple of weeks,” Cody said.
Both parties have credible reputations.
One mother of a senior softball player stated, “I never questioned whether or not my kid was being well taken care of. They do a great job of keeping an eye on them mentally, physically, emotionally. … The things they’ve done to take care of kids are just out of this world.”
In McBride’s defense there are alleged text messages from a team manager informing McBride that he overheard Joseph telling Bograkos that she could hit McBride, but if she did it, it would be considered coach retaliation according to Sports Illustrated.
Joseph denies all allegations. Bograkos, meanwhile, had her attorneys send McBride a cease and desist letter for defamation of character. McBride and her stepfather are remaining silent as advised by legal counsel.
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