A former University of California, Berkeley assistant basketball coach, accused of sexually harassing a sports reporter, has resigned just days after promising to vindicate himself.
On Monday, Yann Hufnagel released a sample of over 900 texts that the pair exchanged. He said the messages prove the duo shared a consensual flirtation, but on Thursday the maligned coach stepped down from his position and withdrew his appeal over the allegations.
According to a statement from the Hufnagel camp, "The toxic environment at UC Berkeley has made it impossible for Mr. Hufnagel to rejoin the basketball team he loves" even if the acusations are found to be without merit "as the facts would show."
Hufnagel decided to "move on" because "he needs to look out for the student-athletes he coached, as well as his own future."
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