Penn Lacrosse Coach Disputes Bar-Busting Allegations

But says she’s disappointed in team members for using poor judgment.

Inside Lacrosse has printed a letter from Penn Lacrosse coach Karin Brower Corbett, disputing allegations her players had trashed Fado and left a 4 percent tip on a $1,300 tab. 

The letter:

I wanted to write to you regarding recent publicity involving our current team and a social event held at a bar in Philadelphia last weekend. The bar’s manager sent an email containing some very serious allegations of both misconduct and illegal actions, attributing these to our team. This message was sent to the University President, to our Athletic Director, and to me, as well as to two media outlets.

Please know that I take any allegations of wrongdoing involving my players very seriously, and we have been investigating the incident. In the past 24 hours, we have received more information from the bar manager about what happened, and we want you to know that many of the allegations are unfounded or are not attributable to members of the Penn Women’s Lacrosse Team.

We do not condone any of the kind of misconduct that was alleged. We hold ourselves to high standards of professionalism, and are deeply disappointed by our players’ poor judgment in holding this event. This has been an important learning moment for our team. I have spent 15 years building a program with strong core values and a reputation for integrity. This week has been a wake-up call for all of us.

My recruiting philosophy has always been to find young women who are excellent athletes, students, and human beings to play Penn Lacrosse. I remain confident in and committed to my team. My players are wonderful young women, who have learned a lot this past week. And part of my job now, as their head coach, is to teach them, to support them, to affirm the values of our program, and to maximize this learning opportunity.

I am thankful for the support that so many have offered during this difficult week. While I am not able to address specific details of this incident, if you have any questions about Penn Lacrosse, our values, my coaching and philosophy, you know you are welcome to call me.


Karin Brower Corbett

Lacrosse Magazine reports: “Penn opened the game against Northwestern with its three active captains Tory Bensen, Allie Martin and Lindsey Smith on the bench for the first 10 minutes.” Penn won, 7-2.

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  • Guest

    Correction – Northwestern won. Media prints anything these days for drama

  • phlhui

    The bar manager’s reaction had me initially thinking the girls must’ve thrown chairs through display windows, tore down chandeliers, walked out on a check, or been in a knife fight.


    A light fixture broke. What did you want them to do, go home and get tools to fix it?
    Some girl flashed the bar some titty.
    Allegations of cocaine snorting in the bathroom. Without evidence.
    Allegations of stealing a bottle of booze. Without evidence.
    A crappy tip (from cash-strapped college kids that you market yourself to – big surprise).

    Fado has cameras everywhere. Maybe the should post it.

    This lame corporate company’s over-reaction was to try to smear and shame these kids. Uncalled for. And it’s backfired. Fado is the one who’s left looking bad here.

    And btw, any cocaine residue in the bathrooms is probably from your staff. Go ahead and drug test them.

  • DGF

    I’ll summarize her comments….”they acted shitty, but not as shitty as all the mean, nasty people are saying. We hold them to the highest standards of behavior (you knew that claim was coming) . A few were punished by not being allowed to play our silly little game for 10 minutes. Now leave my sweet babies alone.” Basically, she copied/pasted the same apology every other coach gives when their brats act like idiots. It would have been nice if she said they embarrassed themselves and the university, those involved won’t play in the next three games, even if it means forfeit. Anyone who lied about their involvement will be kicked off the team, even if it means we forfeit the season. They will pay for all damages, as well as correct the lousy tip they left. Their names are a, b, c, x,y, and z, and they will be apologizing in person to the restaurant employess, management, ownership, and university.