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Michigan hockey's Mel Pearson lied to Wilmer Hale investigators

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Michigan hockey coach Mel Pearson lied to investigators during an investigation into his program, according to a report from the Washington, D.C.-based law firm Wilmer Hale, obtained by the Free Press on Tuesday. .

Pearson has faced accusations amid allegations of directing players to lie on COVID-19 tracking forms ahead of the 2021 NCAA Tournament and retaliating against student-athletes for raising concerns about team culture. I was taking a bath.

Pearson and former hockey operations director Rick Bancroft were also accused of discriminating against female staff members. It is

Michigan head coach Mel Pearson speaks during a post-practice press conference as the Wolverines prepare for their Frozen Four matchup against Denver at TD Garden in Boston on Wednesday, April 6, 2022.

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Last October, former UM goalie and volunteer assistant Steve Shields filed a complaint through the school’s Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX Office against Pearson and Bancroft in retaliation for reporting the aforementioned allegations. accused Pearson of firing him.

Investigators determined that Shields had not been retaliated against, and their investigation did not focus on the allegedly forged COVID-19 tracking forms or the Anderson case, but other findings raised concerns. I was holding