Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
When the news of James Akinjo and Josh LeBlanc being released from the Hoyas and entering the transfer protocol, questions started to arise as to what happened between the two of them and Hoyas Head Coach Patrick Ewing? Why all of a sudden are your best two players entering a transfer protocol? Enter the court documents from the District of Columbia and the foggy landscape starts to become a bit more clear.
“Georgetown University men’s basketball players James Akinjo and Josh LeBlanc will not be playing for the men’s basketball team effective immediately and will not be members of the team for the remainder of the season,” Ewing said in a statement.
Court documents obtained by Pointed Magazine and other various media outlets reveal at least two accusers filed for temporary restraining orders Nov. 5 against LeBlanc and Georgetown teammates Galen Alexander and Myron Gardner. Alexander, who has played in every game, and Gardner, a freshman who has played in six games, were not mentioned in Ewing’s statement.
All three players have been removed from the Hoyas website on their current roster of players and it is unknown at this point if Alexander will make the trip on the road for the Hoyas, as his name is also part of the restraining order. The order is considered conduct detrimental to the team and will likely force the University to make a move to remove Alexander from playing from the remainder of the season.
In speaking with an independent attorney tonight about these court documents, he did suspect that the text messages will be part of the February court date for both named defendants. While Akinjo is not named in the charging documents, there is a good chance that he was involved in part of the engagement with the named plaintiff.