By now you are fully aware of the shenanigans that took place at the end of the Wisconsin vs. Michigan basketball game last week. Wolverines head coach Juwan Howard took offense to a time-out Badgers head coach Greg Gard took with under a minute left in the game and Wisconsin up handily.
In the handshake line, Howard exchanged words with Gard and eventually reached out and appeared to strike Wisconsin assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft. The two universities in cooperation with the Big Ten acted swiftly and suspended Howard for the remainder of the regular season (which amounts to five games).
“After taking time to reflect on all that happened, I realize how unacceptable both my actions and words were, and how they affected so many. I am truly sorry,” Howard said in a statement.
“I am offering my sincerest apology to my players and their families, my staff, my family and the Michigan fans around the world,” continued Howard. “I would like to personally apologize to Wisconsin’s Assistant Coach Joe Krabbenhoft and his family, too.
“Lastly, I speak a lot about being a Michigan man and representing the University of Michigan with class and pride, I did not do that, nor did I set the right example in the right way for my student-athletes. I will learn from my mistake and this mistake will never happen again. No excuses!”
Give credit where credit is due. It was way out of bounds for Howard to act as he did as the leader of young men and the face of a big-time college basketball program and university, but he has at least offered up his apology and he should be commended for that.
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