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FAMU baseball coach fights hazing allegations

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The head baseball coach at Florida A&M University is fighting allegations that he mistreated a player on the team.

FAMU, which has been mired in a controversy over hazing for a year now, placed Coach Willie Brown on leave last month but has not said anything publicly about the move.

Documents show a FAMU player accused Brown of making degrading comments about his weight and his sexual orientation.

Brown's lawyer says that the coach did not treat the player differently from anyone else.

He has gotten sworn statements from other players on the baseball team saying Brown did not mistreat anyone. Three players said the person accusing Brown of misconduct threatened to retaliate against Brown if he cut him from the team.

Brown called the move by the university disheartening.

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