After slapping an assistant coach on the Wisconsin men’s basketball team in the handshake after his team’s loss on Sunday, Michigan coach Juwan Howard has been suspended for five games for the rest of the season. regular prize – and fined $40,000, the Big Ten Conference announced on Monday. He will be eligible to return to the collegiate tournament.
In a statement Monday, Howard apologized for the first time.
“After spending some time reflecting on all that had happened, I realized that both my actions and words were unacceptable and how they affected so many people,” Howard said. in the statement. “I so sorry.”
The conference said Michigan forwards Terrance Williams II and Moussa Diabaté, who were involved in the exam, were suspended for one game, the conference said. Wisconsin coach Greg Gard was fined $10,000 for his role in the melee but was not suspended. Wisconsin guard Jahcobi Neath received a one-match suspension.
“The Big Ten Conference coaches and student-athletes are expected to display the highest level of athleticism,” Big Ten Conference commissioner Kevin Warren said in a statement. . “Our expectation is that yesterday’s incident will provide our coaches and student-athletes with the opportunity to reflect, learn and move forward in a way that shows dignity and ability. leadership on and off the field.”
Michigan (14-11, 8-7 in the Big Ten) next plays Wednesday, at home to Rutgers, while the Badgers play Wednesday in Minnesota.
Phil Martelli, a Michigan assistant who won 444 games in his career at St. Joseph’s and led the team to the round of eight in 2004, will lead the team in Howard’s absence. Howard will be eligible to return to the Big Ten tournament, which takes place March 9-13 in Indianapolis.
“Simply put, at UM there is no room for the behavior that we have seen,” Warde Manuel, Michigan’s athletic director, said in a statement Monday. “We will learn from this incident as a department, work to improve ourselves while operating in the limelight and move forward in a positive way.”
The 6-foot-9 Howard, formerly a longtime NBA player, Miami Heat assistant coach and member of Michigan’s famous “Fab Five” team, did not initially participate in Sunday’s handshake line , but was late.
Gard, ages 5-11, grabbed Howard’s right elbow to get his attention so they could talk. Howard then pulled Gard’s shirt, pointed his finger at Gard’s face, and had a lively discussion with the Wisconsin coach. When the coaches were separated by police, assistant coach and players, Howard slapped assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft on the head. Players from both teams then started shoving and shoving each other.
Gard later said in a television interview that Howard was upset because Gard called the timeout with 15 seconds remaining and Wisconsin up 15 points. Michigan, lost, 77-63, was hitting Wisconsin backups when Gard called the timeout.
Howard said he felt the need to defend himself after Gard started making contact.
Howard said on Sunday: “Don’t touch me unnecessarily when we’ve talked. “And at that point, I thought it was time to defend myself.”
In his statement on Monday, Howard apologized to Krabbenhoft and his family, as well as the Michigan players and their families, his staff, his family and the Michigan fans.
“I talk a lot about being a Michigan man and representing the University of Michigan with class and pride,” he said. “I didn’t do that, nor did I set the right example for my student-athletes. I will learn from my mistakes.”
Michigan, the highly ranked team in 4th place this season, is still on the bubble for the NCAA tournament.
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