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Cal fired assistant basketball coach after investigating reporter's harassment claim

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by LongTimeListener, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Cal assist. coach shut out reporter after she refused sex, report says

    Yesterday Cal fired Yonn Hufnagel for sexual harassment. Today more of the picture comes out -- the school finished an investigation into allegations that he repeatedly hit on a reporter, then refused to talk to her anymore when she didn't get down.

    The reporter was let go by her employer after she was unable to perform her job, according to the redacted report of the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination. Neither the reporter nor her employer are identified.

    . . .

    The accuser, a reporter who covered the team last season, claimed that she received “sexually harassing communications” from Hufnagel on a bi-weekly basis between November 2014 and May 2015 in response to her attempts to communicate with the assistant coach for professional purposes. She detailed one March 2015 text message exchange in which Hufnagel allegedly made sexual innuendos to her implying, in her words, “Come have a three-way with me.”

    Strange times. This is the third dismissal on campus in the last few months over a harassment accusation, and another high-ranking dude resigned in protest of the way some of the other cases were handled. And, as I noted yesterday, head coach Cuonzo Martin has worked his first two years without a signed contract, at least partly because of this investigation.

    Huffnagel sez:

  2. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    And an update -- the report itself is linked, and the writeup is better.

    Fired UC Berkeley coach admits propositioning reporter for sex, trying to 'trick' her into going into his apartment

    BERKELEY -- In a report released Tuesday, fired UC Berkeley basketball coach Yann Hufnagel admits bringing a reporter into the parking garage of his apartment building and, with the garage door closed, asking her more than once to have sex with him in his apartment.

    "With all candor, I was trying to trick her into going upstairs," he told the investigator.

    OK, major creeper.
  3. terrier

    terrier Well-Known Member

    Sucks that the paper who fired her over this gets to draft on her right of anonymity, too.
  4. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Wait, the reporter was fired?
  5. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    "let go by her employer after she was unable to perform her job" is a mysterious way of putting it.

    I know harassment is a far worse reason than the normal coach/reporter bullshit, but a freeze-out isn't uncommon at all, and reporters often work around it. But again, not many have faced that kind of freeze-out.
  6. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    That does sound like an odd reason for dismissal. Switching beats is a way of giving in, I realize, and there's no reason to doubt Cal's report, but I wonder if other factors greased the skids?

    But, yeah, the creepiness is strong in this one.
  7. BurnsWhenIPee

    BurnsWhenIPee Well-Known Member

    How vital is it that the beat writer be able to talk to a new assistant coach?

    If she could no longer perform her duties to the point she was fired, it seems that would mean the big freeze extended to the head coach, the SID for player access and others in the department.

    If that's the case, then everybody there needs to go, too.
  8. dirtybird

    dirtybird Well-Known Member

    Considering the paucity of outlets covering that team and the depth of info you'd need for consistent contact with an assistant the head coach passed her off to, my gut would be a recruiting site writer.
  9. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

  10. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Ooh. Yeah he's a mandatory reporter.

    They're probably at least talking about getting rid of him for that. And it will cost them zero dollars in buyout.
  11. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    The article in the OP says Huffnagel was the unofficial press liaison for the team, so it would appear he had the ability to freeze her out of contact with the coach and players as well.
  12. BurnsWhenIPee

    BurnsWhenIPee Well-Known Member

    What does the SID do then?
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