Georgetown Loses 2 Players; One Is Accused of Threats


Two Georgetown men’s basketball players, Josh LeBlanc and James Akinjo, are leaving the team for the rest of the season. A brief announcement by the university on Monday night did not specify why they are no longer on the team, but LeBlanc was cited in a restraining order and accused of theft and threatening a fellow student.

A temporary restraining order was issued last month against LeBlanc and another Georgetown player, Galen Alexander. They were ordered not to communicate with a woman or come within 50 feet of her or her home. A court hearing was scheduled for Feb. 7.

Akinjo is not involved in the restraining order or any other accusations to the police, said a Georgetown official, who was not authorized to speak publicly until the university released another statement on the situation.

The woman who got the restraining order, a Georgetown student, filed a complaint against LeBlanc on Nov. 5, saying he threatened “bodily harm” against her and her roommate. “He continued to threaten me verbally and via text message,” she said. She said LeBlanc and his friends stole items from her. LeBlanc and Alexander did not attend a hearing on Nov. 14, and the restraining order was issued on Nov. 19.

When asked for police complaints filed against Georgetown basketball players, the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia sent a complaint, filed on Nov. 4, in which three people were accused of stealing a video game system, a camera and other items in September. One person was accused of threatening the victims if they reported the crime. One of the victims on the complaint was the same woman who filed for the restraining order.

The police declined to name the suspects because it is an open investigation.

There was no immediate comment from Georgetown about any disciplinary action against Alexander.

“Georgetown takes student conduct issues very seriously and ensures that they will be investigated thoroughly,” the university said in a statement.

The woman who filed the complaint did not immediately respond to a request for comment. LeBlanc, a sophomore swingman averaging 7 points per game, declined to comment to The Washington Post. Alexander, a junior forward, averages 4 points a game.

Akinjo, a guard who was last year’s Big East freshman of the year, is the team’s second leading scorer at 13.4 points a game.

Georgetown has not made the N.C.A.A. tournament since 2015, but had hopes to change that this season, the third under Coach Patrick Ewing. The Hoyas are 4-3 with a win over Texas, ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll at the time.



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