It appears that Jimmy Lake is on the cusp of being canceled.
After being suspended earlier this week for shoving and hitting current linebacker Ruperake Fuavai, the Washington head football coach has been accused of doing something similar to another player two years ago.
Per Mike Vorel of the Seattle Times, Lake is accused of shoving wide receiver Quinten Pounds into a locker at halftime of a 2019 game against Arizona.
“Lake comes in on just a complete rampage pretty much, picks up Quinten Pounds and throws him into a locker,” one eyewitness told Vorel. “Those lockers there were wooden lockers, and it was violent. It really caught everyone by surprise. It was really unprompted. He just kind of did that and then went on a tangent about how the offense needs to start playing better.”
In a statement included in Vorel’s report, Lake denied the allegations that “anything improper went on at halftime of the University of Arizona game in 2019.”
Lake has already issued a statement on the latest allegations.
“I absolutely deny anything improper went on at halftime of the University of Arizona game in 2019,” Lake said. “There were numerous witnesses in the game — from equipment room, to football staff, to strength and conditioning coaches, and no one came to me with concerns after halftime, after the game, never.”
During the Huskies game against Oregon earlier this month, Lake was seen on the sidelines hitting Fuavai on the helmet and shoving him in the back after the linebacker was involved in a minor incident with a player on the Ducks.
Washington athletic director Jen Cohen announced Lake was suspended for this week’s game against Arizona State.