Findings released into review of NKU women’s basketball coach accused of bullying, abuse

Findings released into review of NKU women’s basketball coach accused of bullying, abuse
Northern Kentucky Norse coach Camryn Whitaker during NKU's basketball media day on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 in Newport, Ky. (Albert Cesare/The Enquirer)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Northern Kentucky University has released findings in the “independent, external review and assessment” of women’s basketball head coach Camryn Whitaker.

Several ex-players detailed examples of verbal attacks of players’ characters to our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer.

In interviews with The Enquirer, four former Norse women’s players and one of their fathers describe a “toxic environment’ of intimidation, manipulation and humiliation.”

DBL Law contacted 37 individuals and 33 agreed to participate in an interview and were given an opportunity to express any thoughts or concerns.

According to DBL, the alleged comments fell into 3 categories.

“Comments could not be substantiated; (comments occurred but were not concerning as it relates to emotional abuse; comments were taken out of context and were not abusive when all factors were considered,” the review states.

DBL said there were several comments alleged to have been made by Whitaker that were cited as examples of abuse, however, they found the comments were related to basketball during coaching moments and “were not personal or abusive.”

Whitaker said she is excited for the future of the team.

“I care deeply about the women in our program, both as student-athletes and people. As we work to build a program everyone can be proud of and support, this experience gives us the opportunity to continue to reflect on the growth and development as coaches and players in our program. I am grateful for the opportunity to coach Northern Kentucky women’s basketball, for the support provided by Ken [Bothof] and the administration, and am excited for the future of Norse basketball," she said.

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