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Woman says in lawsuit UMass staff members intimidated her in 2013

Men's College Basketball, Massachusetts Minutemen

AMHERST, Mass. -- A woman is alleging in a lawsuit that University of Massachusetts basketball staff members intimidated her in an effort to keep her quiet about potentially damaging information about the team and staff.

Ayanna Hickman says assistant coach Lou Roe and two other staffers imprisoned her by preventing her from leaving a room where they spoke to her in 2013. She previously dated Roe.

The lawsuit says Roe had told Hickman about the use of banned substances by team members, domestic violence by staff members, and the quashing of potential criminal complaints against unidentified team members.

The university toldĀ The RepublicanĀ that it is aware of the allegations but declined to comment further.

Hickman's attorney, Harry Miles, declined to comment Sunday.

Recently fired coach Derek Kellogg is named as a defendant.

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