The Loyola University basketball program and its head coach, Sheryl Swoopes, is under investigation after multiple allegations of mistreatment were made. 10 of 12 players for the team have elected not to return to the program and requested releases from their contracts with Loyola.
Former player Cate Soan told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in a segment broadcast Thursday that Swoopes made her feel “belittled” and “humiliated.”
“It made it hard to play,” she said. “It wasn’t about working hard and having fun anymore. It was about surviving.”
Players stated that Swoopes frequently threatened to cut players or have their scholarships taken and created a hostile environment for the team.
Deputy athletic director Jermaine Truax said last week the allegations were “more than concerning” and Swoopes “will fully cooperate” with the investigation.
Swoopes has coached at Loyola for the past three seasons after being hired with little coaching experience. She was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this month.
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