Brown Band Boycotts Women's Basketball Over Coach

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The Brown University Band announced in a letter posted to its Facebook account last week that it will not be playing at women’s basketball home games for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season, citing allegations circulating about the conduct of the team's head coach, Sarah Behn.

As reported by The Brown Daily Herald, band president Elizabeth Rogan and vice president Charlie Gagnon made the decision along with the four other members of the band’s executive board. Before the announcement, the band had planned to perform at two upcoming home matchups this spring.

“We decided to not continue to attend games because we felt like the things we were hearing about the women’s basketball team would make continuing to attend those games a negative statement, and one that was contrary to the band’s values,” Gagnon said. Rogan added that the band “wholeheartedly [supports] the female athletes on the women’s basketball team. Our priority is supporting them, but we did not feel like we could do that in the most productive way by continuing to attend their games.”

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