WASHINGTON – Georgetown University men’s basketball players James Akinjo and Josh LeBlanc will not be playing for the men’s basketball team effective immediately and will not be members of the team for the remainder of the season, Head Coach Patrick Ewing announced today.
Akinjo appeared in seven games this season, averaging 13.4 points per game and tallied 31 assists.
LeBlanc appeared in six games this season, averaging 7.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.
Georgetown’s chances to make it back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2015 took a major hit on Monday, as James Akinjo and Josh LeBlanc are no longer members of the team.
According to court documents obtained by NBC Sports, a Georgetown student accused Myron Gardner, a 6-foot-6 freshman from Detroit, of “sexual harassment and assault on September 15th at my home,” adding that the following day her home was allegedly burglarized by Gardner, LeBlanc and Galen Alexander. The victim reported the assault and the burglary to both the DC police and the Georgetown police.
After allegedly being threatened and harassed by the three players in an effort to keep her from reporting the incident, the court granted her a temporary restraining order on November 12th against Gardner, LeBlanc and Alexander. She has not yet had her court date to receive a preliminary injunction.
The victim’s roommate separately filed for a temporary restraining order against LeBlanc and teammate Galen Alexander on Nov. 5th. On Nov. 20th, the court granted a preliminary injunction against LeBlanc and Alexander.
LeBlanc did not play in Georgetown’s Nov. 6th game against Mount St. Mary’s, the season opener. He has played at least 11 minutes, and averaged 19.2 minutes in every game since.
The victim accused LeBlanc of “burglary and threats to do bodily harm if I reported this incident,” adding that “Joshua and his friends stole items from my house” on September 16th and that he threatened them physically and “continued to threaten me verbally and via text message in the following week.”
Akinjo is not named in either complaint.
Georgetown has not acknowledged any punishment levied against Alexander.
“Georgetown University men’s basketball players James Akinjo and Josh LeBlanc will not be playing for the men’s basketball team effective immediately and will not be members of the team for the remainder of the season,” head coach Patrick Ewing announced in a statement on Monday.
Both players are in the transfer portal.
Akinjo was averaging 13.4 points, second on the team, while LeBlanc was averaging 7.2 points.
Georgetown knocked off then-top 25 Texas in MSG in the first round of the 2K Classic in November.
Post by Pakachoag Phreek on Dec 2, 2019 22:14:21 GMT -5
LeBlanc's and Akinjo's bios are already taken down. Alexander is a junior, playing his first season with the Hoyas. He spent a year at LSU, transferred to Jones County Community College in Mississippi. From the community college to GU. Gardner is a freshman.
“Georgetown takes student conduct issues very seriously,” a university spokesperson said in a statement. “While we are not able to comment on specific cases, we have processes for investigating and adjudicating alleged violations of our student code that are fair to both parties. We encourage any student who has a concern to be in contact with the Georgetown University Police Department or the Office of Student Conduct.” .... Both sophomores were important for their contributions on the court this season, but Akinjo was particularly vital. Last year’s Big East freshman of the year, Akinjo had started all seven games this season, led the team with 30.7 minutes per game and was its second-leading scorer, averaging 13.4 points. LeBlanc averaged 7.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 19.2 minutes off the bench.
Both players — a headstrong but capable scoring guard from Oakland, Calif., and a high-energy forward from Baton Rouge — came to Georgetown in large part because of close connections they had forged with Ewing. Their arrival on the Hoyas’ roster bolstered faith in Ewing’s recruiting talent and gave hope to a fan base that hasn’t seen its team make the NCAA tournament since 2015.
But this season began with a pair of conspicuous absences by LeBlanc. The sophomore was not one of the five players the team brought to media day — all of the other returning starters were present — and he didn’t play in the Nov. 6 season opener for an undisclosed reason.
Given the apparent makeup of a number of G’town basketball players over the past 20+ years, this is really not that surprising.
It seems that they’ve often been willing to look the other way re: character if that’s what’s been necessary to get higher-talent players.
No thank you.
A very broad characterization. Can you back it up with examples?
You’re probably right. I don’t have any specific examples, but rather have sensed over the years that some of their players may have been cut from the same cloth as football players from “the U” and football and basketball players from U Cincy.
Shame on me if I’m over-generalizing and besmirching good men. I’ll also give credit to Patrick Ewing for addressing the issue right away and forcefully.
I'm not following all this very closely, but kids enter the portal, they're history. Also sounds like some very serious accusations, doubt the institution had too many other options in the handling of those involved