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Georgetown player: Coach's words were 'irresponsible and abusive'

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Georgetown's head women's basketball coach resigned Thursday amid allegations that he has verbally abused his players.

Sources say audio of Keith Brown berating players was secretly recorded during a team meeting last month.

The university had been investigating Brown for ongoing behavior that some players claim was abusive. Now some members of the basketball team are speaking up, but have asked not to be identified.

“I think it’s just completely unprofessional and irresponsible and abusive to use that kind of language around young women, especially in a professional setting,” says one player.

Georgetown students are reacting to the resignation of Coach Brown.

“I am a former football player for Georgetown and being a student athlete I know how important it is to feel like your coaches are not berating you,” says Joseph Blackwell.

“I am satisfied with the way the university handled it and I don’t condone the actions of the coach,” says Molly Brick, a student.

But a group of players on this year’s team came forward in defense of their former coach.

“The things he says are not degrading or demeaning or personal. They are always just about basketball,” Jade Martin told ABC7's Jay Korff Thursday.

Brown has not returned ABC7's phone calls.

The university's assistant women's basketball coach, Tim Valentine, was also under investigation, but has since been cleared of all wrongdoing and has been elevated to interim head coach of the women's team.

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