Pitt State assistant basketball coach placed on leave

After alleged racial slur toward UCM staff
Pitt State assistant basketball coach placed on leave

Pittsburg State University has placed men’s basketball assistant coach Jon Gilliam on administrative leave after allegations he used a racial slur toward the Central Missouri coaching staff when the two teams met in Pittsburg on January 12th.

Pitt State has responded to the allegations in a statement that reads:

“Pittsburg State University is aware of the allegation that on January 12, during a game between Pittsburg State and the University of Central Missouri at John Lance Arena, a racial slur was directed toward a member of the University of Central Missouri’s coaching staff. The university takes these matters seriously and is conducting an internal investigation. Pittsburg State University condemns any behavior that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or educational environment.”

The MIAA is aware of the alleged incident. After being contacted by KOAM, the league responded with a statement that reads in part:

“We are extremely disappointed to hear about the alleged incident. As an association, we firmly believe there is no tolerance for any coach, student-athlete, administrator, an individual representing the MIAA or fan to use a racial slur at any time. We are currently looking into the situation and working with both member institutions to gather as much information as possible.”

Gilliam is in his second year as an assistant for the Pitt State men’s basketball program under head coach Kim Anderson.