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Georgetown basketball loses two more players to transfer, bringing total to four in two weeks

Myron Gardner, shown defending Oklahoma State's Lindy Waters III during a game last week. (Bryan Terry/AP)

Georgetown men’s basketball players Myron Gardner and Galen Alexander, who were each named in at least one of two civil complaints that included allegations of sexual harassment and assault, announced Friday their intent to transfer from the university.

Gardner, a freshman, announced his decision in a statement released to The Washington Post. An hour later, Alexander, a junior, followed on social media.

In his announcement, which was posted on Twitter, Alexander criticized the university for what he called unfair treatment in the wake of two complaints filed last month in D.C. Superior Court that implicated him and two other members of the basketball team.

“My character has been defamed and that needs to be cleared up more than anything else. Very soon it will come to light that I am innocent and had nothing to do with the false allegations,” Alexander wrote. " … In light of the situation, the University has allowed me to become a target and subjected to unfair treatment, with little or no support.

“With that being said, my family and I have decided that Georgetown is not the environment for me to successfully grow as both an individual and as a basketball player. With a heavy heart, I would like to announce that I am transferring from Georgetown University in hopes of finding a program that will help foster my success and allow my true potential as the person and player that I can become.”

Alexander and Gardner became the third and fourth players to transfer from Georgetown in two weeks. It leaves the Hoyas with nine scholarship players on the roster, two of whom haven’t entered a game this season. The latest departures came on the eve of the Hoyas’ game against longtime rival Syracuse at Capital One Arena in Washington.

Georgetown confirmed the players’ intents to transfer in a brief release Friday night.

The school previously announced that sophomore point guard James Akinjo and sophomore forward Josh LeBlanc were transferring.

Following that Dec. 2 announcement, a public records search showed that two Georgetown students filed separate complaints against members of the basketball team. The first was filed Nov. 5 against LeBlanc and Alexander and includes allegations of burglary, threats of bodily harm and verbal threats.

The second, filed against LeBlanc, Alexander and Gardner on Nov. 12, was mutually resolved Monday without the admission of or finding of guilt. The complaint included allegations of sexual harassment and assault and was resolved when Gardner, Alexander and LeBlanc agreed to stay at least 50 feet away from the complainant under a civil protection order, according to court documents.

Neither of the complaints mentioned Akinjo, who this weekend is visiting the University of Arizona as a potential transfer destination, according to multiple reports published Friday.

Gardner announced his decision to enter the NCAA transfer portal in a statement released through his attorney, Cynthia Goode Works.

“After consultation with my family I have decided that it is in my best interest to enter into the transfer portal,” Gardner said. “I want to thank Coach Patrick Ewing, Coach Louis Orr, the staff and the entire Georgetown University community for their support of my success.”

Gardner, a 6-foot-6 forward from Michigan, averaged 3.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 10.4 minutes over eight games. Alexander, a 6-6 forward who previously played at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Miss., following a season at LSU, averaged 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in 12.4 minutes in nine games.

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