UNC Women’s Basketball Coach Sylvia Hatchell Accused of Making Racist Remarks During Meeting With Players’ Parents

Warnings that players would be “hanged from trees with nooses” and forcing players to compete despite potentially serious injuries are among the accusations levied against legendary North Carolina women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell, according to a Washington Post report.

The university has put Hatchell and her entire coaching staff on paid leave while it conducts an investigation into the allegations following a meeting with a group of parents last Thursday.

The details of that meeting weren’t made public, but the Post based its report on “interviews with seven people with knowledge of the investigation, including six parents of current players.”

The Post reports three players felt they were pressured to play through injuries, while others described racially inappropriate comments by Hatchell.

The “noose” remark, according to six parents who spoke to their daughters about it, occurred this season after a game against Howard, a historically black university. North Carolina won handily, 85-63, but Hatchell was displeased with the team’s play and in the locker room after the game, according to the six parents, warned of the consequences of a similar performance a few days later at Louisville.

The parents differed on the precise wording … (but) were unanimous that their daughters heard the words “noose” and “tree.”

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SOURCE: USA Today, Steve Gardner