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FAMU Celebrates 'FAMU Day' at the Capital Following Discrimination Allegations

FAMU Celebrates 'FAMU Day' at the Capital Following Discrimination Allegations
Posted at 5:05 PM, Apr 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-06 14:40:43-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - FAMU Day is happening at the capital today after allegations about discrimination by FAMU's women's basketball program came to light.

Three parents claim their daughters were abused, bullied and discriminated against by FAMU head women's basketball coach LeDawn Gibson.

It's been informed that there are concerns about the behavior of the coaches of women's basketball.

The email went on to say "please contact the office if they wish to disclose any concerns".

Each parent alleged that the coach used profanity, calling their daughters names and making remarks about the players' sexual orientation who identify as gay.

Parents we talked with wished not be identified.

They say their daughters were dismissed for different reasons, whether that's academic or not being productive on the court.

One parent even telling us, she actually met last January with members of the FAMU athletic faculty, Coach Gibson herself, Athletic Director Milton Overton, and the assistant coaches. She says they told her they'd look into the matter.

That parent expressing her disappointment by their actions thus far.

WTXL reached out to Milton last night. He told us "if something is going on...We have no comment on an on going investigation."

WTXL also obtained a copy of a message sent from the university's office of equal opportunity to two of the athletes. It states the office has been informed about the concerns and has directed the athletes to contact them if they wish to disclose those concerns.

One of the parents said they reached out to the NCAA to put in an urgent request to look into this.

Another parent says they'll even consider legal action against the university.