‘I have never physically struck a player or colleague,’ WSU’s Gregg Marshall releases statement

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Wichita State University’s Men’s Head Basketball Coach Gregg Marshall released the following statement Tuesday.

Statement from Head Coach Gregg Marshall
October 13, 2020

Throughout my career as a coach, I have devoted myself to accessing and unleashing the greatness of my players – both on the court and in their lives. I am proud of my team, our legacy, and the outstanding Shocker community we have built over the past 14 years.

It has therefore been particularly difficult for me and my family to read recent media reports that include inaccuracies about my coaching style and the basketball culture we have created at Wichita State. But I am enormously grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from community leaders, alumni and former players.

I again state that I am cooperating fully with the independent investigation by a St. Louis law firm and I look forward to its conclusion.

I will not interfere with that investigation while it is ongoing. In response to the allegations put forward in the media, I simply state unequivocally that I have never physically struck a player or colleague. Allegations claiming otherwise are false.

It is important that the investigation conclude its work without outside influence. An unrelenting character assassination by a member of the media that repeatedly targets me and my family and threatens to undermine the impartiality of the investigation.

I am devoted to my team and the entire Shocker community. I value my players and believe in their potential. If there is any question of my love for my team, it’s my responsibility to do a better job of demonstrating my commitment.

I am humbled and proud to serve this university and our community.

A recent report by The Athletic claims that Wichita State University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Gregg Marshall is under investigation by the university for his behavior toward current and former players. The article cites unnamed sources that claim allegations including physical and verbal abuse by Marshall against a player and staff member. The report claimed that Marshall punched a now-former player and put his hands around the neck of a staff member.

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