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Resurgent Georgetown beset by legal trouble and transfers

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 06 Georgetown at Providence

PROVIDENCE, RI - FEBRUARY 06: Georgetown Hoyas guard James Akinjo (3) and Georgetown Hoyas forward Josh LeBlanc (23) during a college basketball game between Georgetown Hoyas and Providence Friars on February 6, 2019, at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI. (Photo by M. Anthony Nesmith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Georgetown players Myron Gardner, Josh LeBlanc and Galen Alexander have been served restraining orders stemming from an allegation of sexual assault, harassment and a subsequent burglary of the residence of the victim, according to court documents obtained by NBC Sports.

The team announced on Monday night that James Akinjo and LeBlanc, both sophomores, would be transferring out of the program effective immediately.

According to court records, a Georgetown student accused Myron Gardner, a 6-foot-6 freshman from Detroit, of “sexual harassment and assault on September 15th at my home,” adding that the following day her home was allegedly burglarized by Gardner, LeBlanc and Alexander. The victim reported the assault and the burglary to both the DC police and the Georgetown police.

The victim reported the burglary to DC Metropolitan Police on Nov. 4th of this year, according to a public incident reports that correspond to two police report numbers listed in a restraining order against LeBlanc. The incident report was obtained by a former Deadspin reporter. When reached by NBC Sports, a police spokesperson confirmed the reports.

The items stolen from the victim’s residence include a Playstation 4 and two controllers, a Nikon D5300 camera, a camera lense and a pair of Bape shoes, valued at more than $3,000. The victim told police that when she confronted the suspects via FaceTime, they told her, “If you tell anyone we’ll send people after you.”

The second incident report includes this passage: “The complainant reported the suspect showing her his erect clothed penis.”

After allegedly being threatened and harassed by the three players in an effort to keep her from reporting the incident, the court granted her a temporary restraining order on November 12th against Gardner, LeBlanc and Alexander. She has not yet had her court date to receive a preliminary injunction.

The victim’s roommate separately filed for a temporary restraining order against LeBlanc and teammate Galen Alexander on Nov. 5th. On Nov. 20th, the court granted a preliminary injunction against LeBlanc and Alexander.

LeBlanc did not play in Georgetown’s Nov. 6th game against Mount St. Mary’s, the season opener. He has played at least 11 minutes, and averaged 19.2 minutes in every game since. Alexander and played in every game. Gardner only missed the Nov. 21st game against Texas.

The victim accused LeBlanc of “burglary and threats to do bodily harm if I reported this incident,” adding that “Joshua and his friends stole items from my house” on September 16th and that he threatened them physically and “continued to threaten me verbally and via text message in the following week. Joshua has also committed violence against women in the past.”

Akinjo is not named in either complaint or police report obtained by NBC Sports. On Tuesday, athletic director Lee Reed said Akinjo, as well as LeBlanc, had “expressed an interest in transferring” and that “the allegations do not involve James Akinjo.”

Georgetown has not acknowledged any punishment levied against Alexander or Gardner.

“Georgetown University men’s basketball players James Akinjo and Josh LeBlanc will not be playing for the men’s basketball team effective immediately and will not be members of the team for the remainder of the season,” head coach Patrick Ewing announced in a statement on Monday.

Both players are in the transfer portal.

Akinjo was averaging 13.4 points, second on the team, while LeBlanc was averaging 7.2 points.

Georgetown knocked off then-top 25 Texas in MSG in the first round of the 2K Classic in November. The Hoyas play Oklahoma State on Wednesday.