A former Auburn University softball player alleged that an assistant coach had an inappropriate relationship with a student-athlete in a 14-page complaint submitted to school officials and Alabama Governor Kay Ivey.
According to ESPN, the letter, sent by legal counsel of ex-player Alexa Nemeth, comes after she filed a Title IX sexual discrimination complaint with the school, which claims that “Coach Clint Myers knowingly let his son Corey Myers have relations and pursue relations with multiple members of the team.”
The complaint outlines a March 30, 2017, incident, wherein players confronted head coach Myers with text messages proving that his son was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a student-athlete. The letter alleges that the team was “quarantined” for several hours, and that an athletic department official ordered the players to delete their teammates’ text messages.
“We believe that by virtue of the father-son relationship, coaches looked the other way, thereby allowing Auburn’s Intimate Relations Policy to be violated,” the letter states.
Several players spoke with ESPN and outlined a problematic culture within the program under Myers. Former players spoke candidly about the younger Myers regularly commenting on their looks. ESPN reports that several team members filed anonymous ethics complaints with the athletic department over Corey Myers’ behavior, which ultimately led to his resignation. His father retired from his position as head coach on Aug. 23, 2017.
Auburn wouldn’t confirm whether an investigation into the situation was underway, citing a policy not to disclose details of Title IX investigations in a statement to ESPN.