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Ball State issues apology to ex
« on: February 17, 2015, 06:17:17 PM »

Ball State issues apology to ex

and brother of current Georgetown coach John Thompson III to re-enter the coaching ranks. He is working as a part-time analyst for Comcast Sports Net in Bethesda, Md. Keiser, said he and Thompson had no comment aside from a joint statement issued by Thompson and the school.

During his radio show on SportsTalk 980 WTEM-AM, based in Maryland, John Thompson Jr. said, "I have a muzzle on me, but I'm happy as hell. . It's a great feeling. . I feel vindicated about what was announced (Wednesday)."

Ronny Thompson had cited a "racially hostile work environment" in his resignation letter, the basis of his complaint of unlawful discrimination filed with the university's compliance office. He alleged the university mishandled an investigation of NCAA secondary rules violations in May, relying on faulty racial identification, and he reported racial slurs, including a note he found in his office containing a slur and "liar, cheater." The university police's investigation of the latter remains unresolved.

Although the independent review by former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Myra Selby found "no reasonable basis" existed to support allegations of unlawful discrimination, Selby called the behavior of an unnamed staff member reprehensible for using a racial slur and noted unprofessional behavior by another unnamed staff member handling the NCAA rules investigation, according to a copy of Selby's findings that had names blanked out.

Thompson's lawyer said in a September interview that the university came down harshly on the coach and his staff as retaliation for complaints of racial hostility, but Selby said the unprofessional conduct wasn't racially motivated. In the joint statement, BSU officials and Thompson say the staffer's action "created an environment of distrust and misunderstanding for Coach Thompson and his staff that contributed to his decision to resign."

Selby said there was evidence to support the school's filing of the NCAA self-report, but it was ultimately contaminated by the staffer's conduct Nike KD 7 Discount. That staffer has since resigned, university officials said.

In the self-report to the NCAA, university officials said an assistant coach attended a voluntary workout, and the entire staff observed some voluntary weightlifting in May. All the staff members except one denied being in the weight room, but the school reported to the NCAA that it found the denials, including Thompson's, to be untruthful, a violation in itself.

The school now says it will give the NCAA a supplemental review that clears Thompson of NCAA ethical rules violations.

As for the "reprehensible" slur made by a staffer, Selby said it didn't rise to unlawful discrimination because it couldn't be proven that the staffer was talking about men's basketball coaches and because the statements didn't reflect negatively on the employment status of the coach Top Lebron XII For Sale. The staffers involved have been disciplined, the university said.

In September, Thompson's lawyer played a recording for USA TODAY of a conversation between Thompson and a person identified as BSU director of athletics compliance Kyle Brennan, who told Thompson about an administrator who used racial slurs.

Thompson taped other conversations with administrators, and former assistant Bill Howze said in a September phone interview that coaches made recordings to protect themselves as relations with the university soured.

Ball State apologized to Thompson for the "unfortunate distress" and the negative impact on his reputation.

Proudfoot said the university could release findings by week's end of another investigation of the men's basketball program, including whether Thompson KD 7 Shoes - Fast Delivery All Over The Worldtried to recruit a player from another university and whether he gave financial assistance to someone involved in the alleged recruitment.