Michigan hockey’s Mel Pearson lied to WilmerHale investigators

Michigan hockey coach Mel Pearson lied to investigators amid their probe intohis program, according to a report from Washington DC-based law firm WilmerHale obtained by the Free Press on Tuesday.

Pearson was under fire amid claims of instructing players to lie on COVID-19 tracing forms ahead of the 2021 NCAA tournament, and retaliating against a student athlete for raising concerns about team culture.

Pearson and former director of hockey operations Rick Bancroft were also accused of disccriminating against female staff members. Additionally, Bancroft allegedly knew of sexual misconduct committed by late UM athletics Dr. Robert Anderson.

Michigan head coach Mel Pearson speaks during a news conference after practice as the Wolverines prepare for a 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 against Pearson and Bancroft via the school’s Equity, Civil Rights and Title IX Office, accusing Pearson of firing him in retaliation for reporting the aforementioned allegations.

While investigators determined Shields was not retaliated against, and their investigation did not focus on the alleged falsified COVID-19 tracing forms or the Anderson case, they were concerned by other findings.

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