Georgetown Players Leave The Team Amid Sexual Assault, Burglary Allegations
By Bill Galluccio
December 3, 2019
Georgetown University announced that two of its star players are leaving the team.
“Georgetown University men’s basketball players James Akinjo and Josh LeBlanc will not be playing for the men’s basketball team effective immediately and will not be members of the team for the remainder of the season,” Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing said in a statement.
The school did not provide reasons for why the two players left. According to multiple reports, LeBlanc, along with two other players at the school, are facing allegations of sexual assault and burglary. Akinjo, who was last season's Big East Freshman of the Year, was not named in any of the complaints.
LeBlanc, along with Galen Alexander received restraining orders in November after a student filed a complaint claiming that they robbed her and threatened both her and her roommate.
"In response to an alleged burglary that I believe Joshua LeBlanc committed against me on September 16, 2019, Joshua threatened bodily harm against myself and my roommate," the complaint, which was obtained by ESPN, said. "He continued to threaten me verbally and via text message in the following week."
A few days later, the student's roommate filed a separate complaint, accusing freshman Myron Gardner of sexual assault and harassment. She also said that he was involved in the burglary allegedly committed by Alexander and LeBlanc.
Georgetown said that it takes the allegations seriously and has launched an internal investigation.
"Georgetown takes student conduct issues very seriously and ensures that they are investigated thoroughly. While we are not able to comment on specific cases, we have processes for investigating and adjudicating alleged violations for our student code that are fair to both parties. We encourage any student who has a concern to be in contact with the Georgetown University Police Department or the Office of Student Conduct."
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