Former VCU Volley ball coach James Finley has responded to his former employer’s claims that his firing was not based on his sexual orientation.
Finley was fired at the end of his “best season ever” with VCU women’s volley ball. He believes, because of the treatment he received through out the season, and the demotion of an openly gay 30-year-employee, that VCU’s new Athletic Director Ed McLaughlin fired him for his sexuality.
On Thursday, VCU released a statement saying their internal investigation found no case of discrimination. The review involved interviews with 16 individuals. The results of that investigation can only be released by Finley, which is expected to happen some time after the new year.
We’ll bring you updates as this story develops.
I’m obviously disappointed in the outcome of VCU’s initial investigation into my discrimination complaint. I am dismayed by the poor quality of the investigative procedures followed and by numerous factual inaccuracies included in the report that appear to provide the basis for the conclusion reached. This is particularly disturbing since the report fails to address my complaint of discriminatory treatment, and the procedures followed provided me with no opportunity to respond to any of the erroneous information brought forward in the investigation to justify the action taken. In addition, I am concerned that the damage to me and my reputation from this flawed investigation is being magnified by disclosures of inaccurate information by persons associated with VCU. Despite VCU’s official statements that my complaint and the investigation are confidential personnel matters, there appears to be no effort by VCU to prevent disclosure to the media of information from the report or inaccuracies contained therein by persons on VCU’s payroll or under VCU’s control.
I am going to take time over the holidays to review with counsel all of the options available to challenge the report and its findings. I thank all of my many friends and supporters at VCU, in the Richmond community and across the country for your outpouring of love and support, and I ask for your patience as I carefully consider all of the options available and discuss with my family the best course for us to pursue going forward.”