By Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor, pgreen@afro.com

Brandeis University head basketball coach  Brian Meehan was fired last week after being accused of racist behavior towards his players.

Brandeis University President Ronald D. Liebowitz released a statement April 5, detailing how several Brandeis players filed serious discrimination complaints against Meehan last year, claiming the longtime Brandeis coach had racially harassed them. The university claimed it had been thoroughly investigating the allegations made against the 15-year-veteran coach when a new complaint was submitted against him just last week, prompting school officials terminate him.

Brandeis University head basketball coach Brian Meehan after new allegations of racism were leveled against him. (Courtesy photo)

“I am deeply disturbed by these complaints. I want to be absolutely clear: At Brandeis, there is zero tolerance for discriminating against any student, staff member, faculty member, or visitor because of their race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or any other aspect of their identity,” said Liebowitz, who also placed the school’s athletic director, Lynne Dempsey, on administrative leave while the university continues to investigate.

Brandeis University’s actions against Meehan came after investigative news site Deadspin confronted school officials about complaints from players. One former player told Deadslin that Meehan had told him, “I‘ll ship you back to Africa!”

Liebowitz said Brandeis has hired Walter Prince and R. Malcom Graham, two prestigious African-American legal professionals, to spearhead an independent probe into the ethics of Brandeis University. Prince is a former U.S. attorney for Massachusetts and Graham is a retired state appeals judge.

“They will be charged with reviewing our systems, climate and culture of handling complaints, and will recommend actions and changes, including those related to personnel,” Liebowitz said.

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor