You cannot imagine a world of sports without it having its own share of drama to be thrown at us to witness. In the game of basketball, it more likely to happen at any time due to the excessive trash talking, physicality and misunderstandings. When you look at the NBA, sure, fights are bound to happen and things are obviously going to get personal. No one would have ever thought of it happening in the NCAA, especially at this degree.
Head Coach of the University of Michigan men’s basketball got involved in a scary on court brawl with the opposing team’s assistant coaching staff from Wisconsin. The Michigan Wolverine coach was suspended for the rest of the Big Ten regular season with a penalty. The Wisconsin Badgers staff had also been fined but without suspension.
Juwan Howard involved in a brutal brawl after terrible defeat
The Wolverines had suffered a very hard loss against the Badgers with the game concluding at 77-63 at Madison, Wisconsin. Losing a home game can be more than frustrating as you are seated around a large crowd of fans or even families. In the heat of the moment an argument conspired during the post-game hand shake.
It seemed as if Wisconsin coach Greg Gard had a few words to share with Juwan Howard of the Wolverines. This triggered Howard who began to uncontrollably argue and eventually throw a sucker-punch at his rival. The punch had connected with Joe Krabbenhoft, the assistant coach of Wisconsin. The exchange had players of both teams rush them only to end up in the fight themselves. There is no proof about what was said to Howard to get triggered the way he did.
Juwan Howard, Greg Gard and all parties involved get their penalties
The Big Ten league had announced that Juwan Howard will suspended of the remainder of the season (five games) along with a penalty of $40,000. Some of the players who were involved had agreed on throwing fists during the breakout. Greg Gard was fined $10,000 (US) for violating the Sportsmanship policy but without a suspension.
ESPN Analyst Jay Williams believes that Juwan was rightfully served his punishments, he said, “I think Juwan Howard should be suspended for the rest of the season and tournament play. Most of the times in these situations, the person who reacts is the one that gets caught.”
Was Howards punishments fair enough or was it too less? Matt Norlander told CBS News, “I can only speak to what’s practical after what transpired on Sunday. If the big ten decided to sit Gard for at least a game, I think that would have been fair. It could have been multiple for Krabbenhoft, who escalated matters. Howard is the primary offender and he should serve the worst punishment.” This is the second time Howard has been involved in a scuffle after going down the same path last year with Mar Turgeon. Many around the league believe that Howard should be terminated during to his repetitive nature.
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