October 23, 2019 | 12:12 AM IST

Coach Hatchell to be reviewed for racists remarks, pushing injured players to a win

Sylvia Hatchell, University of North Carolina women’s basketball coach at Chapel Hill, is under investigation for allegedly making racists remarks and pushing seriously injured, sick players to compete, says a report from the Washington Post.

Hatchell and three of her assistants have been placed on paid administrative leave as the university launched an internal review of "the culture of the women's basketball program and the experience of our student-athletes." Reports that have been trickling in claim that Hatchel has been allegedly pushing and shouting at players stating they would be "hanged from trees with nooses" if they failed to improve.

Institutes spokesman Steve Kirschner said that the review is ‘due to issues raised by student-athletes and others’ and that the university has roped in Charlotte-based firm Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein for a "thorough and prompt” review and to "assess the culture" of the programme.

In a statement, Hatchell said she will cooperate fully with the review and looks forward to a prompt conclusion of this matter and the continuation of the very successful women's basketball programme.

Speaking on the entire episode the Hall of Fame coach said, "I've had the privilege of coaching more than 200 young women during my 44 years in basketball and my goal has always been to help them become the very best people they can be, on the basketball court and in life.”

She added, "I love each and every one of the players I've coached and would do anything to encourage and support them. They are like family to me. I love them all."

Meanwhile, Hatchell's attorney, Wade Smith, denied the allegations saying she is a terrific coach and a world-class human being. She added, “They're going to take a rope and string us up, and hang us out to dry,'" Smith said. "There is not a racist bone in her body. ... A very high percentage of the people who have played for her and who love her are African-American women."

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