officials said, the Chatman case is about abuse of trust or power.
Last month's resignation of Louisiana State University's women's basketball coach amid allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct with her players has once again raised an issue that has long dogged women's sports: the perceived prevalence of lesbian coaches.
Sports figure(s) involved: Bryant Mc Kinnie, Fred Smoot, Lance Johnstone and unidentified others Year: 2005 More than a dozen former Vikings (including quarterback Daunte Culpepper) were implicated in the infamous sex boat scandal.
The event, which featured the, er, entertainment of exotic dancers flown in from Atlanta, was allegedly organized by cornerback Fred Smoot.
Some advocates for women's athletics fear that the incident involving Pokey Chatman will have negative ramifications for female coaches and encourage the use of "negative recruiting" aimed at some coaches and programs.
Yet, more hopefully, they say the incident is galvanizing discussion around issues of homophobia in women's sports that have long been silently suppressed, and has cast light on the double standard that surrounds player-coach relationships.“It does have implications for a backlash,” says Helen Carroll, who, as sports project director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, has experienced an uptick in calls from lesbian coaches fearful for their jobs since Chatman’s high-profile March 7 resignation.
But as Mary Jo Kane, a professor of kinesiology and director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport at the University of Minnesota, points out, when male coaches are accused of such indiscretions, their actions are usually perceived as isolated, unfortunate incidents that don't reflect on other male coaches as a group.
Last month's resignation of Louisiana State University's women's basketball coach amid allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct with her players has once again raised an issue that has long dogged women's sports: the perceived prevalence of lesbian coaches.Pokey Chatman, the coach of the LSU women’s basketball team, resigned abruptly yesterday amid rumors that the reason for this surprising turn of events is an “inappropriate” relationship with one of the players on her team.Though the reports of this relationship are unconfirmed as yet, it is difficult to imagine many other reasons for a young successful rising star African-American coach with a team ranked in the top 10 to leave suddenly for “other career opportunities.” I mean, she isn’t even going to see them through the tournament.Aunt Trisha Stafford-Odom played in the WNBA and coached in college, and cousin Jarron Gilbert was a third-round NFL draft pick of the Bears in 2009. Kevin Stafford, and Pam Mc Gee married in 1994, and Imani was born that same year. What followed was a bitter, public custody battle over Imani that made headlines in part because Mc Gee's fight was seen as a trailblazing case for working women.Stafford's lawyers argued that Mc Gee's occupation as a professional basketball player would create an unstable environment for Imani, and Stafford eventually won custody.