Loyola University Chicago has fired Sheryl Swoopes as women's basketball coach, after some players complained about what they saw as mistreatment and others left the team, The Chicago Tribune reported. Five former players told the Tribune in April about their problems with Swoopes. They said she threatened players with taking away their scholarships, and that her dealings with them led them to leave the team. Players also described Swoopes as crying during halftimes and practices, and once sitting on a chair in silence for an entire practice.
Swoopes issued a statement through a public relations firm defending herself. "There is nothing in my behavior, past nor present, as a coach or professional that reflects anything other than structure, encouragement and respect for others," she said. "In the recent months, there have been accusations and false attacks made of my character and coaching. I stand proudly in my values, actions and intent of representing the best interests for students -- as athletes, but more importantly as individuals."
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