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Kim Mulkey’s previous controversies revisited in much-anticipated Washington Submit report

The Washington Post article that LSU women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey threatened legal action over was published Saturday, revisiting topics about how the longtime coach treated gay players, how she acted during Baylor football’s sexual assault scandal and her relationships with Brittney Griner and her father, Les.  Emily Niemann, who played for Baylor during the

Kim Mulkey’s previous controversies revisited in much-anticipated Washington Submit report

The Washington Submit article that LSU ladies’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey threatened authorized motion over was published Saturday, revisiting subjects about how the longtime coach handled homosexual gamers, how she acted throughout Baylor soccer’s sexual assault scandal and her relationships with Brittney Griner and her father, Les. 

Emily Niemann, who performed for Baylor throughout the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons, alleged that Mulkey known as her into the coach’s workplace and stated it’s “not a great look” after Niemann had been noticed in public with one other lady.

Niemann later transferred, however wrote in a 2014 piece for Outsports, in accordance with the Washington Submit, “didn’t depart Baylor as a result of coach Mulkey is homophobic.”

Mulkey’s attorneys refuted the allegation that the coach handled gamers who have been homosexual “extra harshly or otherwise.” 

Mulkey additionally reportedly criticized star ahead Angel Reese for being among the many gamers who “keep on that social media crap,” in accordance with emails that the Washington Submit obtained, and instructed a “supporter” that Reese wasn’t included on awards lists final 12 months resulting from her GPA.

LSU coach Kim Mulkey during the 2024 NCAA Tournament.

LSU coach Kim Mulkey throughout the 2024 NCAA Event. Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports activities

LSU didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from The Submit in regards to the Washington Submit article.

“You’re telling me one thing I didn’t know, so that you’re the bearer of excellent information, dangerous information, nevertheless you wish to take a look at it,” Mulkey told ESPN’s Holly Rowe when the latter revealed that the article had published. “However are you actually stunned? Are you actually stunned by the timing of it? However I can inform you I haven’t learn it. Don’t know that I’ll learn it. I’ll depart that as much as my attorneys.”

There had been rumors of a bombshell story being within the works, and Mulkey went on the offensive towards the Washington Submit earlier than the article got here out.

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She first threatened to sue the outlet if it revealed a “false” story, saying she had employed authorized representatives, whereas calling the unreleased story a “hit piece” by author Kent Babb.

“I’ve employed the perfect defamation legislation agency within the nation and I’ll sue the Washington Submit in the event that they publish a false story about me,” Mulkey stated final weekend. “Not many individuals are able to carry these sorts of journalists accountable, however I’m. And I’ll do it.”

Mulkey alleged Babb tried to “trick” former coaches into offering filth on her.

“I wouldn’t usually talk about media rumors about me, however I felt the necessity to publicly deal with what precisely this reporter for the Washington Submit has been doing the previous a number of years, and the lengths he has gone to attempt to put successful piece collectively,” Mulkey stated final Saturday. “This reporter has been engaged on a narrative about me for 2 years. After two years of making an attempt to get me to take a seat with him for an interview, he contacts LSU on Tuesday, as we have been preparing for the first-round sport of this [NCAA] event, with greater than a dozen questions, demanding a response by Thursday proper earlier than we’re scheduled to tip off.

“Are you kidding me? This was a ridiculous deadline that LSU and I couldn’t probably meet, and the reporter knew it. It’s simply an try to forestall me from commenting and an try to distract us from this event. It ain’t gonna work, buddy.”

Kim Mulkey led LSU to the nationwide title final 12 months. Scott Clause – USA TODAY NETWORK / USA TODAY NETWORK

Mulkey stated she instructed Babb she wouldn’t take part in an interview, not liking a earlier piece he wrote on former Notre Dame and present LSU soccer coach Brian Kelly.

“Sadly, that is a part of a sample that goes again years. I instructed this reporter two years in the past that I didn’t recognize the hit job he wrote on Brian Kelly, and that’s why I wasn’t going to do an interview with him,” Mulkey stated. “After that, the reporter known as two former faculty coaches of mine and left a number of messages that he was with me in Baton Rouge to get them to name him again — making an attempt to trick these coaches into believing that I used to be working with the Washington Submit on a narrative.”

After LSU rallied to beat No. 11 Center Tennessee State within the second spherical on Sunday, she took a shot at Babb when requested if distractions might have precipitated a gradual begin.

“No, pay attention man, we’re not gonna let one sleazy reporter distract us from what we’re making an attempt to do. Completely not,” Mulkey said. “My youngsters didn’t even know I stated that yesterday. That group’s not concerned on this. They have been in shock once they noticed all that on the web. I don’t take that stuff to my group.”

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Kim Mulkey hugs Angel Reese (r).

Kim Mulkey hugs Angel Reese. AP

Mulkey is in her third 12 months 12 months at LSU and reportedly agreed to a 10-year, $32 million extension final 12 months following the Tigers’ triumph within the nationwide title sport over Iowa, in accordance with The Associated Press.

She beforehand received three nationwide titles with Baylor in 2005, 2012 and 2019.

LSU, the No. 3 seed within the Albany 2 area, beat No. 2 seed UCLA on Saturday

The need face No. 1 seed Iowa — and Caitlin Clark — within the Elite 8.

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