FAMU COACH ACCUSED OF MISTREATMENT, PUT ON LEAVE
TALLAHASSEE — Florida A&M University, mired in a controversy over hazing for a year, is investigating whether its baseball coach mistreated a player.
Coach Willie Brown said he did nothing wrong, but the university placed him on leave last month.
FAMU is not commenting, but documents show that the school acted after a player accused Brown of making degrading comments about his weight and sexual orientation. The player also said the coach intentionally hit baseballs harder to him than others.
Tallahassee attorney Steven Andrews said that the coach did not treat the player any differently from anyone else and that Brown got sworn statements from other players on the team saying he did not speak to the player any differently.
"It's very disheartening that I'm being treated like this," Brown told AP.
The FAMU Marching 100 band was suspended after a hazing incident led to the death of Robert Champion in November 2011.
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