Report: Fired Cal coach asked reporter for sex, tried ‘tricking’ her
Fired Cal coach Yann Hufnagel asked a reporter for sex multiple times and admitted he tried “tricking” her into going to his apartment, according to a report released by the school Tuesday.
Hufnagel was fired Monday after an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment. He had been serving on the Golden Bears’ staff since the arrival of Cuonzo Martin two years ago. The reporter accusing Hufnagel of harassment was let go by her employer after she couldn’t do her job due to Hufnagel’s lack of cooperation.
Cal’s investigation concluded Hufnagel’s behavior toward the reporter over a six-month period was “objectively intimidating, hostile, or offensive.” The investigation found Hufnagel repeatedly propositioned the reporter for sex, implied sex would give her greater access as a journalist and even asked her to have a “three-way” with him and a friend.
In January 2015, Hufnagel “repeatedly insisted” the reporter come up to his apartment while they were in the parking garage of his apartment building.
“With all candor, I was trying to trick her into going upstairs,” Hufnagel told the school’s investigator.
Hufnagel’s firing occurred only one week after UC Berkeley Law School dean Sujit Choudhry resigned after a sex harassment lawsuit alleged that he hugged, kissed and touched his assistant repeatedly during 2014 and 2015. Choudhry will continue to be paid by the university and may still teach. Earlier in the year, the school also warned astronomer Geoff Marcy about sexually harassing female students before he resigned.
Last year, former Cal vice chancellor Graham Fleming was forced from his job following a sex harassment scandal.
No. 4 seed Cal is set to take on No. 13 seed Hawaii in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday.
You can read the report of the investigation here.