Things are going from bad to much worse for Georgetown.
The Hoyas, off to a disappointing 4-3 start under coach Patrick Ewing, will be without two of their top scorers for the rest of the season as James Akinjo and Josh LeBlanc have entered the NCAA transfer portal, according to reports. Georgetown released a statement Monday saying both players will no longer be members of the team, effective immediately, but did not comment on the pair’s transfer status.
But Georgetown’s issues go well beyond that.
Court documents obtained by CBS Sports showed temporary restraining orders were filed on Nov. 5 by at least two accusers against LeBlanc and Georgetown teammates Galen Alexander and Myron Gardner. Akinjo was not mentioned in any of the court documents referenced in the report.
“Georgetown takes student conduct issues very seriously and ensures that they will be investigated thoroughly,” Georgetown said in a statement. “While we are not about to comment on specific cases, we have processes for investigating and adjudicating alleged violations of our student code that are fair to both parties.”
One of the accusers expressed fear for her safety and her roommates’ and accused LeBlanc of assault and battery, and theft of personal property.
“In response to an alleged burglary that I believe Joshua LeBlanc committed against me on September 16, 2019, Joshua threatened bodily harm against myself and my roommate,” the accuser said in a statement. “He continued to threaten me verbally and via text message in the following week. Joshua has also committed violence against women in the past.”
In a second accusation filed on Nov. 12, Gardner is accused of sexual harassment and assault on Sept. 15. In a sworn statement, the accuser alleges Gardner, LeBlanc and Alexander of harassing and threatening her after she filed a police report with Georgetown police and the DC police. Both accusers allege LeBlanc and his two friends made threats.
Akinjo, who has started 39 games in his two seasons at Georgetown, leads the team in minutes played (30.7), assists (4.4) and is averaging 13.4 points per game this season. LeBlanc, also a sophomore, is averaging 7.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.