Coach Chinn accused of sexual misconduct

Cayla Bush // Staff Writer

“FIU is conducting an investigation into allegations made against coach Marlin Chinn,” according to a statement from Media Relations.

Women’s basketball captain Destini Faegin has accused Chinn of engaging in multiple instances of sexual misconduct.

Faegin provided the Miami Herald a series of screenshots with text messages that showed the extent of his attempts, including one which, according to the Miami Herald, states “I want you to have so much more to offer ANYONE that wants to be a part of u after they get pass how good ur face and body looks!!!”

Additionally, Faegin told the Miami Herald that Chinn loaned her $600 for school fees, which she wanted to repay him.

“The day after I received the money, he called me. I said ‘Coach, how could I ever repay you?’ I was thankful, showing gratitude, humbleness. I really appreciated that. He said, ‘You will pay me back. In other ways.’ He said that six times. It’s vivid in my head,” Faegin told the Herald.

Faegin has initiated a complaint with the NCAA and reported Chinn’s conduct to University officials. The complaint also mentions the $600 loan, which is possibly an NCAA violation.

“Several departments within the University are involved with the investigation,” Media Relations said in a phone interview with Student Media. “It’s an ongoing investigation, and we do not have details at this time.”

The University also sent a written statement to Student Media following the phone conversation.

“Based on the allegations, the university has suspended coach Chinn, pending the outcome of the investigation,” said the University statement. “Because this is an ongoing investigation, the university will not provide additional comments at this time.”

The University athletics department held a mandatory meeting Tuesday morning regarding sexual harassment and coach-player relations.

At press time, neither Faegin nor Chinn responded to Student Media’s requests for comments.

Student Media will continue coverage on FIUSM.com as new information becomes available.

Additional reporting from Reinaldo Llerena.

Photo by Michael Sloan/The Beacon.

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