Nov 17, 2011
Tennessee H.S. Coach Suspended Due To ‘Aggressive Conduct’

Oakhaven High boys basketball coach Rondavius Milam has been suspended from his coaching and teaching duties over allegations of “physically aggressive conduct during basketball practice, Memphis City Schools general counsel Dorsey Hopson said Wednesday.

Milam, who was beginning his 10th season as coach, denied the allegations which he said involved corporal punishment.

I deny it 100 percent, he said. It’s a witch hunt. I’ve been teaching for 15 years; I’ve had some of these players on my team for four or five years … it’s crazy.

“I’m not worried about it for myself because I know I’m innocent. I wish you could have cameras around there (at Oakhaven) and tell what’s really going on. It needs to be exposed.”

Milam said he and his attorney met with the school board on Monday to discuss the case and he is awaiting a response to the meeting.

“I hope it goes better, because it’s been a one-sided investigation so far, said Milam.

In a statement to The Commercial Appeal, Hopson would not comment on the specifics of the allegations. He said the investigation is continuing.

MCS said Milam was suspended following complaints from parents. Milam said the allegations were made by a player whom he had suspended because of disciplinary issues.

I got called down to the office after an allegation from a student, Milam said. Then I get a call down from the board … and I’m suspended. The thing is, they had three letters (alleging misconduct) and nobody even signed them. I didn’t even know what they were talking about.”

Oakhaven junior Samuel Edwards, a 7-1 center, defended Milam against the allegations.

“He’s never done anything like that, said Edwards. He’s being railroaded.”

Oakhaven was scheduled to play City University in a jamboree game at 3 p.m. Thursday at Hamilton, but it’s uncertain whether that game will be played.

Two Oakhaven parents with players on the team — Ricky Coleman and Carl Stanback — also spoke out in support of Milam.

“From a parents’ standpoint, we’re hurt because we never thought people in positions of authority would do this, Coleman said. And the kids are hurt. They’re lying on this man, lying on their coach. Coach Milam is hurt, too; he’s been loyal to the administration and they still did what they did.

“It’s a vendetta.”

Tennessee H.S. Coach Suspended Due To ‘Aggressive Conduct’

The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.), John Varlas

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2011/nov/16/oakhaven-boys-basketball-coach-gets-suspended/

Oakhaven High boys basketball coach Rondavius Milam has been suspended from his coaching and teaching duties over allegations of “physically aggressive conduct during basketball practice, Memphis City Schools general counsel Dorsey Hopson said Wednesday.

Milam, who was beginning his 10th season as coach, denied the allegations which he said involved corporal punishment.

I deny it 100 percent, he said. It’s a witch hunt. I’ve been teaching for 15 years; I’ve had some of these players on my team for four or five years … it’s crazy.

“I’m not worried about it for myself because I know I’m innocent. I wish you could have cameras around there (at Oakhaven) and tell what’s really going on. It needs to be exposed.”

Milam said he and his attorney met with the school board on Monday to discuss the case and he is awaiting a response to the meeting.

“I hope it goes better, because it’s been a one-sided investigation so far, said Milam.

In a statement to The Commercial Appeal, Hopson would not comment on the specifics of the allegations. He said the investigation is continuing.

MCS said Milam was suspended following complaints from parents. Milam said the allegations were made by a player whom he had suspended because of disciplinary issues.

I got called down to the office after an allegation from a student, Milam said. Then I get a call down from the board … and I’m suspended. The thing is, they had three letters (alleging misconduct) and nobody even signed them. I didn’t even know what they were talking about.”

Oakhaven junior Samuel Edwards, a 7-1 center, defended Milam against the allegations.

“He’s never done anything like that, said Edwards. He’s being railroaded.”

Oakhaven was scheduled to play City University in a jamboree game at 3 p.m. Thursday at Hamilton, but it’s uncertain whether that game will be played.

Two Oakhaven parents with players on the team — Ricky Coleman and Carl Stanback — also spoke out in support of Milam.

“From a parents’ standpoint, we’re hurt because we never thought people in positions of authority would do this, Coleman said. And the kids are hurt. They’re lying on this man, lying on their coach. Coach Milam is hurt, too; he’s been loyal to the administration and they still did what they did.

“It’s a vendetta.”






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