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Heterosexual Hoops Player Charges Discrimination

Brooke Heike sues Central Michigan University and Sue Guevara for discrimination.

Brooke Heike, highly regarded as a 6-foot-2 forward in high school, saw little playing time in her freshman season at Central Michigan University under first-year head basketball coach Sue Guevara. Immediately after the 2007-08 season, Heike received word that her athletic scholarship would not be renewed. Now, Heike is suing the university and Guevara, as well as the school's athletic director, scholarship official and board of trustees for discrimination, alleging that Guevara kept her on the bench and revoked her scholarship because she wore makeup and was not a lesbian. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court on Feb. 3, claims that Guevara subjected Heike to "unwelcome harassment and discrimination because of plaintiff's heterosexual preference and refusal to abandon her heterosexual preference and adopt a homosexual preference." Heike is seeking unspecified damages from the university, which calls the allegations "without merit." University representative Steve Smith told The Detroit News that CMU "will vigorously defend its position in court."

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