Fired UC Berkley asistant basketball coach Yann Hufnagel admitted to a campus investigator that he tried to lure a female reporter to his apartment for sex after a game last year and later joked by text about having her over for sex with him and his friend.
These new details were revealed after the university released reports about the sexual harassment case that cost him his job.
The report states that Hufnagel pressured the reporter for sex and then denied her access to information she needed to cover the team when she rejected him. Hufnagel admitted to “tricking” her into going to his apartment but denies withholding information that would eventually cost her her job.
The investigation by UC Berkeley did not name the reporter and concluded that Hufnagel’s conduct over a six-month period constituted harassment. The report included text messages that were, “objectively intimidating, hostile or offensive – repeatedly propositioning Complainant for sex and, in some cases, suggesting that her participation in sex with (Hufnagel) would grant her greater access to parts of the sports world in (Hufnagel’s) control.”
The report states:
(Hufnagel) directed her to park in a designated spot – an elevator-operated “lift” spot which would have suspended her car above the ground. Complainant said she did not park in the spot and felt he was attempting to control her ability to leave. She recalled telling him that she was just going to turn around; to which he responded, “You’re coming up.” Complainant said she said, “No, I’m going to leave now,” but he kept insisting. Complainant said she asked him, “Are you thinking that I’m going to have sex with you?” to which he said, “Yes.” Complainant recalled telling him, “Not going to happen…(redacted)…you and I are professional colleagues…not interested in you.” Complainant noted that at that point the garage door was closed behind them with her car inside and he indicated that he didn’t intend to let her out of the garage.
Yann Hufnagel admitted his conduct was inappropriate but that it didn’t constitute harassment. He claims he was blindsided and plans to hire lawyers to clear his name.
Right now, the only focus should be on our basketball team! My time to exonerate myself of a fruitless claim by a reporter will come.
— Yann Hufnagel (@yhufnagel) March 14, 2016
Hufnagel joined Cal’s staff in 2014 after Cuonzo Martin was hired as the school’s head men’s basketball coach.