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Texas Tech's Marlene Stollings 'took away player's dog' as punishment

by Alyssa Knoll (2020-11-17)


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Texas Tech women's basketball coach Marlene Stollings is being accused of overseeing a 'culture of abuse,' which, as one transfer has revealed, including the confiscation of her dog.

As now-former Red Raiders player Emma Merriweather told and later alleged on social media, Stollings took away her new dog, Mickey, and gave it to a booster, arguing that the canine would be a distraction from basketball.

Merriweather, who has since transferred to Kansas, had intended to register Mickey as an emotional support pet because she was battling depression - a condition for which she was later diagnosed.

Stollings was unmoved, according to Merriweather.

Texas Tech women's basketball coach Marlene Stollings is being accused of overseeing a 'culture of abuse,' which, as one transfer has revealed, including the confiscation of her dog 

As now-former Red Raiders player Emma Merriweather told USA Today and later alleged on social media, Stollings took away her new dog, Mickey (pictured), and gave it to a booster, arguing that the canine would be a distraction from basketball.

Fortunately, Merriweather said, Mickey is being taken care of by a woman who is 'good with dogs'

Emma Merriweather (pictured), who has since transferred to Kansas, had intended to register Mickey as an emotional support pet because she was battling depression - a condition for which she was later diagnosed

'Coach pulled me aside after a week of owning him to tell me that he was going to distract me from basketball,'Merriweather wrote in a statement posted on Twitter.

'I begged her to let me keep him and explained why I needed him, but she said no, that she would buy me whatever dog I wanted after I graduated.

'In this talk, she explained to me how working harder and getting in shape will make me feel better,' she continued.
'That night she did text me asking about my issues and if I wanted to see someone for them. I said no because of how she spoke about therapy and poor mental health as a sign of weakness in practices.

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'She asked for pictures of Mickey, and the next day she told me someone was coming to take him. She did not know the woman, and neither did I. The woman allowed me to visit him once and then blocked my number when I asked to see him again. Granted, she was unaware of the circumstances, she's good with dogs and Mickey is well taken care of.'

Emma Merriweather gave her side of the story in a statement posted on Twitter

Merriweather is one of 12 players who have transferred out of Texas Tech since Stollings became coach in 2018.

Seven of those players were recruited under Stollings.

Texas Tech women's basketball players have accused coach Marlene Stollings and her staff of fostering a culture of abuse that led to an exodus from the program, according to a report published Wednesday.

Players dreaded a heart monitoring system they said was misused in punitive ways, had to endure demeaning and threatening comments and were subject to sexually suggestive behavior from a strength coach who has since resigned, according to the report.

The players made the claims over the past two years in season-ending exit interviews that were obtained through an open records request by The Intercollegiate, an investigative media outlet for college sports.

The details were published by USA Today.

Players said the coaching staff demanded that they maintain a heart rate of at least 90% of capacity during games and that they faced loss of playing time or more conditioning work if they didn't.
A pediatric sports medicine director said maintaining a heart rate that high would be 'very difficult' to do.

Several Texas Tech athletes, including track star Eryka Sidney, reacted to the story online

One player said she was admonished for displaying symptoms of depression. Three international players said they felt 'isolated and threatened' by coaches.

And five players made allegations of sexual harassment against former strength and conditioning coach Ralph Petrella (left), who resigned in March but denies the allegations. Athletic director Kirby Hocutt (right) addressed the accusations in a statement: 'Earlier this year, we were made aware of allegations of inappropriate behavior by a support staff member of our women's basketball program. When the individual was confronted with the allegations, the individual resigned from their position before any university review could take place'

Former TT player Sydney Goodson wrote on Twitter, 'this story is accurate & needs to be told'

'It was basically like a torture mechanism,' said Erin DeGrate, who played her final season as a grad transfer with defending national champion Baylor.

DeGrate played two seasons at Texas Tech after transferring from Louisville. 'I feel like the system wasn't being used how she was using it.'

Stollings defending her program in a statement to the newspaper. The school didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.

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She had previously turned around the programs at Minnesota and VCU and has done the same with the Red Raiders, a once-proud program that has fallen on hard times. Texas Tech finished 18-11 in Stollings' second season after going 7-23 the year before she arrived.