Kentucky Fired Their Cheerleading Coaching Staff After Three Month Investigation into Nude Hazing Allegations

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SJ - May 18, 2020

On Monday, the University of Kentucky announced that they fired their cheerleading coaching staff after a three month investigation into nude hazing allegations.  The 24-time national champion program fired head coach Jomo Thompson and assistant coaches Ben Head, Spencer Clan and Kelsey LaCroix.

T. Lynn Williamson, an adviser for the program, retired days after finding out about the investigation began.  He has been directed to have no contact with the cheerleading squad.

According to Courier-Journal, coaches were aware of conduct during a team retreat that included alcohol consumption and nude hazing.  Some of the nude hazing involved performing gymnastic routines without tops or bottoms.

The investigation included interviews with more than 60 students, coaches and administrators in the cheerleading program. UK Provost David W. Blackwell said the review found:

  • Coaches knew or reasonably should have known of inappropriate conduct by cheerleaders and failed to take sufficient steps to address the conduct;

  • During a team retreat at Lake Cumberland, some cheerleaders performed gymnastics routines that including hurling their teammates from a dock into the water while either topless or bottomless. The routines, known as “basket tosses,” were done at the direction of other members of the squad and within the view of at least some of the coaches;

  • Coaches allowed cheerleading alumni to bring boats and alcohol to the retreat, where some cheerleaders were partially naked and/or drinking while riding on boats;

  • Coaches did not confiscate alcohol brought to the retreat by some squad members or intervene to stop students from consuming alcohol. Several squad members became so intoxicated they required medical treatment; and

  • During a cheerleading camp in Tennessee, some cheerleaders were directed by other members of the squad to perform lewd chants and wear outfits that did not include underwear.

Are we sure this isn't the plot to some sort of adult cinema?  I'm pretty sure I've seen parts of this movie more than once.  There's alcohol, cheerleaders on a retreat, incompetent coaching staff and naked hazing.  I'm not sure how the movie ends though...

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