Girls’s basketball legend and former Texas Southern head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke was accused by a number of gamers of degrading and abusive conduct, which included utilizing “overt sexual language” that led to a Title IX investigation by the college and her subsequent retirement, based on a bombshell report by The Athletic.
The report, revealed Thursday, revealed a number of accusations leveled by gamers at Texas Southern about inappropriate remarks made by Cooper-Dyke, together with sexual references and shaming gamers’ bodily appearances.
In response to data of the investigation reviewed by the outlet, Cooper-Dyke mentioned one participant who was coping with a identified psychological well being prognosis would “be all proper, she simply wants some d—, that’s all.” She later referred to that very same participant as a “sorry-a– virgin,” based on the report.
She additionally allegedly made feedback about gamers’ bodily appearances, prompting one to cease consuming in entrance of her coach after she was shamed about her weight in entrance of the workforce.
Following its investigation, the college applied a limited-contact order between Cooper-Dyke and the workforce in January, prohibiting one-on-one conferences and make contact with by way of telephones and emails. Lower than a month later, that coverage had modified to a no-contact order which prohibited any contact exterior of video games and practices.
The Athletic spoke to 25 individuals, together with former employees and gamers all through Cooper-Dyke’s profession who revealed firsthand accounts of comparable accusations that date again at the least a decade. A few of these accusations included talking of her personal and gamers’ intercourse lives, merciless name-calling and extreme punishment that had each a bodily and psychological well being toll.
Cynthia Cooper-Dyke yells to her workforce whereas enjoying towards Rutgers.AP
“No one has mentioned something or performed something, simply handed her off to the subsequent college,” one USC participant advised the outlet. “This girl mentally and emotionally terrorized us.’’
Cooper-Dyke introduced her retirement March 17, simply weeks earlier than a scheduled listening to associated to the college’s investigation. In response to the report, that listening to was later canceled.
In a textual content message to The Athletic, Cooper-Dyke wrote that she has had “constructive relationships with the vast majority of gamers and employees” and denied the allegations.
“All through my years as a coach, I’ve had numerous interactions with gamers in my position as their coach, mentor and good friend,” Cooper-Dyke mentioned. “I had constructive relationships with the vast majority of gamers and employees, and my solely intention was to maximise gamers’ potential and assist them be their finest. Whereas these allegations are unfaithful, everybody deserves to work, play and study in a respectful surroundings, and I deeply apologize for and remorse any phrases used through the course of a spirited sport or follow that offended or harm somebody.”
Cynthia Cooper-Dyke directs USC towards California in an NCAA school basketball.AP
Texas Southern declined to touch upon specifics, citing the Title IX investigation, however added, “Please be assured that the college takes any points that influence the protection and well being of our college students, college and employees critically to make sure a studying surroundings free from discrimination, harassment and violence.”
A four-time WNBA champion and four-time Finals MVP, Cooper-Dyke was the primary WNBA participant to be inducted into the Basketball Corridor of Fame in 2010.
Cooper-Dyke continued her success by way of teaching. At Prairie View A&M, she led the Panthers to a convention title in her second season and earned the college’s first NCAA Match bid in 2005. In 2010, she took over the teaching job at UNC Wilmington earlier than shifting on to Texas Southern simply two years later. She moved on to USC in 2013 earlier than making her return to Texas Southern in 2019.
Cynthia Cooper-Dyke yells to her workforce through the first half of an NCAA ladies’s school basketball sport.AP