The University of North Carolina announced April 1 that they had forced longtime head women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell to go on leave after allegations arose that she had used racially insensitive language when speaking to her team.
As of April 19th, Hatchell had officially resigned.
New @PostSports Sylvia Hatchell resigned last night, hours after we informed @UNC of the details of this story, pre… https://t.co/nmwepl1BKG— Will Hobson (@Will Hobson) 1555669834.0
@TheWillHobson @PostSports @UNC This is an important story, make time for it!— Patrick Hruby (@Patrick Hruby) 1555673883.0
@TheWillHobson @PostSports @UNC This story is horrifying— Dan Garner (@Dan Garner) 1555682657.0
@TheWillHobson @PostSports @UNC https://t.co/bzSPj0XHxr— Vajamala (@Vajamala) 1555697813.0
Hatchell, during a December 28th game, said to her players that they would be "hanged from trees with nooses" if their game did not improve.
The parents of the girls on the team also said Hatchell, referred to the team as "old mules," and that some people took took that to mean female slaves.
Hatchell also tried to get players to "engage in a 'war chant' to 'honor' the Native American ancestry of an assistant coach," who was "visibly uncomfortable."
@TheWillHobson @PostSports @UNC This is horrifying in all ways. To make players risk their long-term health, their… https://t.co/Jr1HIR3GOI— Regina Griffin (@Regina Griffin) 1555696877.0
@TheWillHobson @PostSports @UNC This is just awful. As a parent of a student athlete, beyond irate wouldn’t even be… https://t.co/WcjKlACLXq— Andrew Foys (@Andrew Foys) 1555686989.0
@TheWillHobson @PostSports @UNC "Six players told their parents they had been pressured by coaches or the team doct… https://t.co/ovLhitUxam— Carol Sundahl (@Carol Sundahl) 1555683005.0
@TheWillHobson @Fahrenthold @PostSports @UNC I loath college BB because most of the coaches, male and female are obnoxious.— MLD (@MLD) 1555697401.0
@TheWillHobson @NCStateDiva15 @PostSports @UNC Another reasons to go back and make it right and conclude that they in fact did CHEAT!— Brandon AW (@Brandon AW) 1555694832.0
Hatchell, who has held the position of head coach for 33 years, has garnered a fair share of controversy just this year alone.
In addition to the above racist comments, Hatchell also reportedly discouraged players from getting surgery for injuries, and instead encouraged them to play on injured limbs using painkillers or other unsafe numbing agents to feign function.
@TheWillHobson @PostSports @UNC Important story about the other underbelly of college sports.— Judith Browne Dianis (@Judith Browne Dianis) 1555696179.0
@TheWillHobson @Fahrenthold @PostSports @UNC Excellent article. Glad the truth is out for Carolina’s awesome women’s basketball team.— CLAUDIA POINDEXTER #impeachtrump (@CLAUDIA POINDEXTER #impeachtrump) 1555711046.0
@TheWillHobson @PostSports @UNC Reminds of another old school flaxen haired women’s hoops coach who I used to cover… https://t.co/Fnj6sBPIYY— Walter Byers' Tears (@Walter Byers' Tears) 1555708162.0
@TheWillHobson @PostSports @UNC Shocking that an athletic dept. which got away scot free with 20 years of systemic… https://t.co/NJcibzZeG1— Timmy Buckets (@Timmy Buckets) 1555703624.0
@TheWillHobson @washingtonpost @PostSports @UNC Hopefully this woman never steps foot in a gym where she can harm kids again.— Eric (@Eric) 1555695251.0
"Now, I will turn my attention to supporting the University in different ways. I will continue to raise money for the Lineberger Cancer Center, to establish a ministry of exercise and recovery for cancer patients and to push for equal facilities and treatment for women's athletics," Hatchell said in her resignation.
Most people on Twitter, as you can see above, said, "please do not."