Women’s National Basketball League club Sydney Flames has broken its silence on an investigation into allegations of bullying into its coach, Australian basketball star Shane Heal.
Heal has not been on the sidelines since he was left out in the Flames’ January 18 encounter with the Southside Flyers. Heal’s daughter Shyla also moved out late that night and has since left the Flames to join the Townsville Fire.
The Flames launched an investigation into Heal, although the club and Heal – a big part of Australia’s Boomers and National Basketball League – had only spoken out on Tuesday, when the club released a statement.
Heal has sued the Flames and filed a case in federal court last week. The federal court denied Age And Sydney Morning Herald Access to all affidavits.
“In early January 2023, several Sydney Flames players separately approached club officials with allegations of bullying by Sydney Flames head coach Shane Heal,” the Flames said.
“After considering the allegations and the risk to the health and safety of the players and the club’s obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (2011)and the obligations we have under the Basketball Australia Member Protection Policy, it was determined by the Sydney Flames to conduct an independent, factual investigation into the allegations made and to suspend Shane Heal while the investigation took place.
“Several players have subsequently contacted the Australian Basketball Players Association (ABPA) who have provided advice and support to the players affected, for which the club remains grateful.
“The club has remained determined to allow due process, including limiting public comments to avoid impacting those involved. She will continue to follow this approach.
https://www.smh.com.au/sport/basketball/heal-takes-legal-action-as-flames-confirm-bullying-investigation-20230214-p5ckem.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_sport Sydney Flames have accused basketball star Shane Heal of bullying