Lawyers: Ex-GW coach Mike Lonergan wrongfully terminated

Monday September 19th, 2016

The lawyers for former George Washington basketball coach Mike Lonergan say he was wrongfully terminated and was denied due process when he was fired.

Lonergan was fired on Saturday, as he had been under investigation since July after verbal and emotional abuse accusations by his players.

George Washington officials said that the school “recently conducted a thorough investigation into allegations concerning Coach Lonergan” and “concluded that Coach Lonergan had engaged in conduct inconsistent with the university's values.”

Lonergan's lawyers said that the school did not identify the accuser, "much less the details and the substance of the anonymous accusations."

"The University failed and refused to give Coach Lonergan written notice of the outcome of the Title IX review, which is required by the University’s own policy, and the University violated the confidentiality provisions of the policy by issuing a press release about the review. He will seek appropriate relief from the University for this wrongful termination and treatment," a statement from Longeran's lawyers read.

The lawyers said that Lonergan was fired with almost five years left on his contract. In five seasons with the school, Lonergan compiled a 97–70 record.

- Scooby Axson

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