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Second mistreatment complaint for Wardle
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 16, 2013 @ 1:00 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Rob Demovsky, USA TODAY Sports
At least one other parent of a former University of Wisconsin-Green Bay men’s basketball player has submitted a formal complaint to the school about basketball coach Brian Wardle.
Gina Cougill, mother of senior forward Brennan Cougill, said she sent a letter to university chancellor Thomas Harden late last week, shortly after the parents of former walk-on redshirt Ryan Bross filed a written complaint, alleging mistreatment by Wardle.
Bross’ complaint, which has not been made public, triggered an investigation that began Monday when local attorney Joseph Nicks of the law firm Godfrey & Kahn was named to conduct the review.
In her letter, which she made available to Press-Gazette Media, Gina Cougill wrote that she felt it was imperative that Harden was aware of “some of the situations I was either directly involved in, was directly told by my son, (by) other players and (by) parents of other players.”
“These young men were entrusted to the UWGB coaching staff to mold and shape them into adulthood,” she wrote. “That statement itself makes me quiver because, from my perspective, the only shaping has been verbal abuse and bullying toward most of the players.”
Among the issues addressed in the letter was Gina Cougill’s assertion that her son’s clinical depression was categorized by Wardle as a distraction to the team. She added that Brennan’s experience pales in comparison to what other players have been subjected to.
“I do believe other families have bigger issues than what mine are,” Gina Cougill said in an interview. “I have wrist slaps. They have legitimate gripes.”
Brennan Cougill, who completed his eligibility this season, said he did not want to comment at length until after he spoke with the investigator but said he was bothered by the public outcry against Bross for making allegations.
“That kills me seeing a guy go through that,” Brennan Cougill said. “He’s got proof behind everything he’s saying.”
According to Gina Cougill, her son began treatment for depression, including medication, when he was enrolled at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, during the 2010-11 academic year. She said Brennan stopped taking the medication for a period of three to four … [For more on Second mistreatment complaint filed against UW-Green Bay coach Brian Wardle, click here.]
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