Volume 96, Issue 1

Thursday, May 23, 2002
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Formal complaint 'withdrawn'

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Formal complaint 'withdrawn'

Beaudry breaks confidentiality terms

Jeremy Brace/Gazette
FRESH START. Larry Haylor and the Western Mustangs now have other things to concentrate on, like stopping the vaunted Mac attack.

By Jordan Bell
Gazette Staff

Western VP-administration and general counsel Peter Mercer has thrown out former Mustang football centre Phillippe Beaudry's formal complaint against head coach Larry Haylor, claiming Beaudry broke a confidentiality agreement with the school's department of equity services.

The complaint stemmed from a weight room encounter in late March during which Haylor questioned Beaudry's failure to wear the Western apparel required of all varsity athletes. The disagreement continued in Haylor's office, where Beaudry claims the coach verbally abused him.

There is much debate surrounding the confidentiality agreement with equity services. Haylor said it was set out in plain terms while Beaudry's spokesperson Nick Gurr said the agreement was only binding for equity services and their respective employees.

"The second thing I was told about was the confidentiality agreement, the first being 'Hello', Haylor said. "It was made very clear to me that the director of athletics, the dean, the director of the school – no one would be privy to the information."

Gurr countered that sentiment.

"They discussed that verbal confidentiality was important because it was part of a collective agreement," Gurr said. "But that really has nothing to do with Phil or anybody else – that's between [equity services] and their employees – not Phil and the university."

Gurr further questioned the entire process. "If you file a complaint with equity services regarding any type of human rights issue, be it a racial or sexual one, and say to them 'I don't want to keep quiet about this, it's a public issue,' they say 'please shut up or we'll throw it out'."

The matter was handled very seriously and the process was held to a high standard, Mercer explained.

He said Beaudry's party was advised of the need to sign a confidentially agreement on May 2, noting their party verbally agreed to confidentiality over the phone. On May 9, Mercer said he received word that Beaudry's party would not agree to confidentiality and the case against Haylor was subsequently withdrawn.

The case against Haylor may potentially be over – pending Beaudry's decision to carry the matter further to the Ontario Human Rights Commision – but the repercussions for a storied Western Mustang football program linger. However, Haylor said he believes the collective entity that is Mustang football will survive.

"Western football is not about me," Haylor said. "We've had great football teams here, phenomenal people-players, tremendous coaching staffs and an alumni following that is the envy of the rest of the country. We're back on track and it's business as usual."

The highly successful university coach said his coaching techniques are constantly changing.

"Henry Kissinger described it as a 51-49 world, where the decisions we make could be right or wrong. Sometimes we're pushing too many hot buttons, however, we also become too tolerant at times. We exist within it, we try and learn within it and we try and get better within it," Haylor said.

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