KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee spirit coordinator Joy Postell-Gee is on paid administrative leave as the school reviews complaints she engaged in "inappropriate conduct and unsatisfactory work-related behavior."
Senior associate athletics director Donna Thomas sent a letter to Postell-Gee last week announcing the investigation. Postell-Gee's role as spirit coordinator includes overseeing the school's cheerleaders, dance team members and mascots.
Thomas' letter doesn't specify the nature of the complaints, but Postell-Gee's personnel file shows a 2017 report from the Office of Equity and Diversity indicates she made "several instances of racially and ethnically insensitive remarks" to school spirit squad members.
Postell-Gee received a final written warning Jan 29. She went on paid administrative leave earlier this year but was reinstated June 8. She's now back on leave.
The Knoxville News-Sentinel first reported the complaints.
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