FIU student suspended from team before accusing coach of misconduct

University asking for patience during investigation

By Paradise Afshar - Digital Editor

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - A Florida International University student who accused women's basketball head coach Marlin Chinn of sexual misconduct was suspended from the team last month, according to a school news release.

Destini Feagin was suspended from the team Feb. 23, the release said. 

FIU said school police began a criminal theft investigation involving a student-athlete Feb. 15.

"Based on information provided to the Athletic Department on Feb. 22, the student-athlete was suspended from the women's basketball team the following day," the release said. "Subsequently, the student-athlete reported serious allegations against an FIU employee. Investigations have already started under Title IX guidelines and NCAA by-laws."

Feagin, a senior, claims that  Chinn had been pursuing a sexual relationship with her during the season. She has also filed a complaint with the NCAA alleging that Chinn loaned her $600 in December, a possible rules violation.

Feagin told the Miami Herald that she and her mother reported Chinn to school officials Thursday.  

"We want to reiterate that at FIU there is no tolerance for misconduct by an employee or a student," the release said. "We will pursue the truth to the best of our abilities while supporting the victims and ensuring due process for all involved."

FIU is asking for patience as law enforcement investigates. 

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