University of California at Berkeley Fires Athletic Department Employee after Investigation
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The University of California at Berkeley fired a longtime member of the athletic department after an investigation found he violated the university's sexual violence and sexual harassment policy with former student-athletes, including women's basketball player Layshia Clarendon.
Clarendon, a current guard for the WNBA's Atlanta Dream, filed a lawsuit in January against now-terminated Cal staffer Mohamed Muqtar — who initially had been placed on paid leave as Cal launched its investigation. The school said Thursday that Muqtar was fired effective last Friday.
It released a statement saying, "it pains us to hear about these actions by one of our employees who student-athletes turned to as a trusted adviser."
The assistant director of student services, Muqtar had been working for the university for more than 25 years, the school said.
Clarendon was at Cal from 2009-13. When she filed the lawsuit, Clarendon posted on Twitter: "It feels there is a big level of responsibility there for me, to make sure this doesn't continue. And he doesn't continue to harm other people."
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