Juwan Howard gets 5-game ban for Michigan-Wisconsin brawl

After telling Wisconsin coach Greg Gard “I’ll remember that shit” before an altercation in which he punched an opposing coach after the Badgers’ win over Michigan on Sunday, Juwan Howard will now have to remember all the events of the afternoon from his home. for the remainder of the regular season.

Michigan suspended Howard for the remainder of the regular season, which is equivalent to five games, in addition to a $40,000 fine.

Michigan and the Big Ten worked together for the penalty — under the rule, the Big Ten could only suspend Howard for a maximum of two games. Michigan came in and added in the extra three games.

Still, the suspension allows Howard to return to the sidelines for the Wolverines playoffs, which includes the Big Ten tournament and, most likely, the NIT.

“After taking time to reflect on everything that happened, I realize how unacceptable my actions and words were and how they affected so many people. I am truly sorry,” said Howard in a statement “I talk a lot about being a Michigan man and representing the University of Michigan with class and pride, I haven’t done that, nor have I set a good example for my student-athletes. I will learn from my mistake and that mistake will never happen again.

Gard was fined $10,000 for his role in the altercation. A Badgers player – Jahcobi Neath – and two Michigan players – Terrance Williams and Moussa Diabate – have been suspended for one game.

Juwan Howard’s swing sparked a brawl between Michigan and Wisconsin players.

Big Ten conference coaches and student-athletes are expected to demonstrate the highest standard of athletic conduct,” Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said in a statement. “I am grateful for the partnership with Michigan Athletic Director Warde Manuel and Wisconsin Athletic Director Chris McIntosh. We expect yesterday’s incident to provide our coaches and student-athletes with an opportunity to reflect, learn and move forward in a way that demonstrates decorum and leadership on and off the court. .

Following the Badgers’ 77-63 victory over the Wolverines on Sunday, Howard punched Wisconsin assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft in the face after Howard and Gard exchanged words in the handshake line.

Juwan Howard did not apologize during his post-match press conference.
Juwan Howard has not apologized for his role in the fight after Michigan’s loss.
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Howard objected to timeouts taken by Gard in the final moments of the game, which the Badgers were leading by double digits. With five Wisconsin saves on the field, Michigan — with two starters still on the field — continued to press the Badgers all over the field, doubling up on Wisconsin ballhandlers and looking to create turnovers. After the final timeout, Michigan also continued to foul in order to stop the clock.

Gard told reporters afterwards that he called a time out to schedule his press break and to reset the half-court clock to 10 seconds. Before Gard’s final timeout – with the Badgers up 15 with 15 seconds left – Michigan had knocked the ball out, leaving Wisconsin with just four seconds to cross half the court. With the timeout, Gard reset the clock to 10 seconds.

“I wasn’t going to put them in a position, when the ball was already out of bounds, of having to break a press in four seconds when they come cold to the bench,” Gard said after the game. “So I took a time out, which I’m allowed to do, and brought them in to organize them.”

In the post-match handshake line, Howard initially didn’t come into the line, and after finally joining, attempted to pass Gard without offering his hand shouting “I’ll remember this shit “, apparently referring to the time out. Gard put his hand on Howard’s elbow to, he said, explain himself, hampering Howard’s progress in the process. Howard objected to Gard placing his hand on his elbow while shouting “Don’t touch me”.

The situation escalated and Howard then hit Krabbenhoft with an open hand. Gard had already been taken out of the fray, and Krabbenhoft had yet to make contact with Howard.

The players – Neath, Williams and Diabate – then started throwing punches.

“There’s no room, no space for a ride like that in any competition, let alone Big Ten competition,” Wisconsin athletic director Chris McIntosh said. after the game. “The Big Ten prides itself on sportsmanship. The Big Ten pride themselves on acting classy, ​​and that didn’t happen today.

Michigan coach Juwan Howard, left, argues with Wisconsin coach Greg Gard after a game.
Michigan coach Juwan Howard, left, and Wisconsin coach Greg Gard

In his post-game press conference, Howard said he thought it was time to defend. Michigan immediately apologized in a statement.

“I am aware of and watched the end of our men’s basketball game,” Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said in the statement. “There is no excuse for any of our staff or student-athletes to get into a physical altercation with others, regardless of the factors that prompted it.

“I reached out and apologized to Chris McIntosh and President Coleman contacted Chancellor UW Blank to apologize for the totally unacceptable behavior.”

The Wolverines are seventh in the Big Ten with an 8-7 conference record and a 14-11 overall record. Their remaining five games are against Rutgers, Illinois, Michigan State, Iowa and Ohio State.

New York Post

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