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Thursday / January 23.
  • Georgetown’s Patrick Ewing, Lee Reed issue statements regarding transfers, tumult

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    Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing and AD Lee Reed issued statements on the ongoing situation at the University in which three players were connected to assault, burglary and harassment, and two opted to transfer.

    The Hoyas beat Oklahoma State, 81-74, Wednesday night in the Big East / Big 12 Challenge.

    A Statement from Head Coach Patrick Ewing

    Georgetown basketball has been in the news this week, and not for the reasons we want to be.

    First, two of our players, James Akinjo and Josh LeBlanc, have expressed interest in transferring from the University and are no longer on the team. I wish them well in their future endeavors.

    Earlier this week, you may have read about allegations against three members of our team.

    While I can’t comment on individual students, please know that we take conduct issues very seriously and that our players are subject to the same disciplinary policies and procedures contained in the Code of Conduct that apply to any undergraduate or graduate student. I expect the highest standard of conduct of my players and they are given no special treatment when it comes to their behavior and discipline. This is a fair and equitable process for all students.

    I address this because I don’t want there to be any question about the culture of Hoya basketball. The G we wear on our uniforms is about much more than basketball.

    It’s about a culture that expects the best of our players, both on and off the court. Having a strong culture is also about respecting and supporting those members of our community who come forward to report misconduct.

    We represent a University that holds us all to the highest standards, and to live generously in service to others.

    I won’t have any more to say on these allegations at this point.

    A Statement from Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed

    We are deeply committed to the integrity of our athletics program and take student conduct issues very seriously. We are also committed to members of our community who come forward to report misconduct and it’s important we support them.  

    While we cannot comment on individual cases, we have processes for investigating and adjudicating alleged violations of our student code that are fair to both parties.  Georgetown University and Georgetown Athletics are working very closely with Coach Ewing and support his efforts to ensure the most careful attention to these issues and support for all of our students.  

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.