According to the news, Michigan basketball coach Juwan Howard has been suspended for the remaining five games of the regular season and fined $40,000 after slapping Wisconsin assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft.
On Monday, the Big Ten Conference announced the suspension of Juwan Howard along with three players’ suspension. Football star Terrance Tyrone Williams, Michigan’s Moussa Diabate, and Wisconsin guard Jahcobi Neath were suspended for one game for their roles in the postgame brawl. These three football stars appeared to throw punches after a postgame altercation at Wisconsin.
One of the news sources also revealed that Wisconsin coach Greg Gard was not suspended, but he was fined $10,000 for violating the conference’s sportsmanship policy. However, Wisconsin assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft did not receive any punishment from the Big Ten Conference.
According to the news source, it has been revealed that it is the largest fine of $40,000 in the history that has ever been imposed by Big Ten. Howard has not only been fined with the highest fine, but he will also lose $130,000 for not coaching the final five games.
Big Ten Conference commissioner Kevin Warren gave a statement and said that “Big Ten Conference coaches and student-athletes are expected to display the highest level of sportsmanship conduct,”. And further commissioner added that “I am grateful for the partnership with Michigan athletics director Warde Manuel, and Wisconsin athletics director, Chris McIntosh”.
Apart from this, the Big Ten conference commissioner also talked about the incident which was happened after Sunday’s game and stated that such incidents help coaches and student-athletes to learn and move forward in a manner that demonstrates decorum and leadership on and off of the court.
The whole incident happened after Wisconsin coach Greg Gard confronted Howard in the postgame handshake line. After the final buzzer, Gard grabbed Howard’s arm as he walked past, and both two exchanged words. As soon as the Krabbenhoft came and talked to Howard but Juwan Howard lost control over himself and slapped Krabbenhoft’s face. After that, both the team players started pushing and shoving, including Michigan’sMichigan’s Diabate, Wisconsin’sWisconsin’s Neath, and Williams.
However, Juwan Howard felt sorry about this incident. That is why he released a apology statement on Monday; Howard stated that “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; I am offering my sincerest apology to my players and their families, my staff, my family, and the Michigan fans around the world. “”
Besides that, Juwan Howard also apologized to Wisconsin’sWisconsin’s Assistant Coach Joe Krabbenhoft and his family, too, for his unbearable actions and words.