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UMass responds to lawsuit, denies men’s basketball staff members intimidated woman

03.14.17 at 3:31 pm ET

A woman is suing the University of Massachusetts, because she says members of the men’s basketball coaching staff intimidated her in an attempt to keep her from leaking potentially damaging information about the program. The school responded to those allegations Tuesday.

In a statement, athletic director Ryan Bamford says the school became aware of the alleged incident in December and hired an outside investigator to look into it. According to Bamford, the investigator didn’t find any evidence of wrongdoing.

AyAnna Hickman, who used to date assistant coach and former UMass player Lou Roe, says he and two other staff members prevented her from leaving his office one night in December 2013. The lawsuit states Roe had told her about the use of banned substances by players and domestic violence committed by some coaches against their family members. It also says recently fired head coach Derek Kellogg covered up the episode.

UMass confirmed to Monday it’s aware of the lawsuit. The University also said Kellogg’s dismissal was unrelated to the case. Roe is currently on administrative leave.

Hickman is suing for $75,000 in damages and wants a jury trial.

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