Javon Tyree’s Parents, Rutgers AD Julie Hermann Meet Face-To-Face
The parents of Jevon Tyree, the Rutgers football player who says he was bullied by a members of the coaching staff met face-to-face with Athletic Director Julie Hermann to discuss the allegation and the school's response.
Mark and Clarice Tyree sat down with Hermann and the Rev. Dr. DeForest B. Soaries Jr., senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens to clear the air and, according to a statement issued by Rutgers, "to clarify misunderstandings and resolve the issues."
Soaries described the meeting as "cordial and conciliatory, passionate" according to the Star-Ledger. He said Hermann had a "genuine concern" about the situation.
The pastor, who intervened when radio personality Don Imus made a comment about the Rutgers women's basketball team in 2007 and arranged for a meeting between the team and Imus, said that the meeting was "the first time the administration heard the whole perspective”
Hermann Spoke to an Imposter?
Hermann, who according to Rutgers' initial press release said she spoke to David Tyree, “now believes she had never spoken to the father," Soaries told the Star-Ledger. "And the father and mother (believe) it is in the realm of possibility someone represented himself as the father." Hermann regretted not speaking to Mark last week.
The school agreed to honor Jevon's scholarship for the 2013-14 school year and to allow him to transfer to any other school without penalty.
Following the meeting Clarice Tyree told NJ.com her son is "moving forward"
Rutgers general counsel, former New Jersey Attorney General John Farmer, will review the incident and issue a report on his findings.
Jevon told NJ.com that defensive coordinator Dave Cohen called him derogatory names and threatened to head butt him last spring and that other members of the coaching staff joined in and led to less playing time. Jevon left the team last week. The school in a press release said it had handled the situation with meetings and phone calls Jevon's parents said never took place.