Albany Coach suspended for Finals after Derogatory Remarks
ALBANY, NY (March 28, 2007) - The Albany Patroons today announced that they have suspended head coach Micheal Ray Richardson for the remainder of the CBA Finals.
Below is the Albany Patroons Press Release:
Due to the serious allegations in this morning's Times Union article by Brian Ettkin, Micheal Ray Richardson has been suspended for the remainder of the 2007 CBA Championship series.
During this suspension period, the Albany Patroons and the Continental Basketball Associatio, pursuant to Section III F-6 of the CBA's operations manual, shall conduct a full and complete investigation as to the validity of these alligations. If these allegations are true, appropriate action will take place immediately.
While under suspension, Mr. Richardson shall not be permitted access to the Armory during practice and game situations, per CBA rules and regulations. Derrick Rowland shall assume the lead coaching position during this interim period.
The Albany Patroon's organization sincerely apologizes to any individuals or ethnic groups that these alleged statements may have offended.
The comments in question were reported by the Albany Times-Union.
During Tuesday's game, Richardson shouted at a heckler ``shut the f--- up, you faggot.'' Before the game, his comments to the paper included:
Told of the comments on Tuesday, Patroons owner Ben Fernandez said: ``We will not tolerate and the league will not tolerate bigots to perform in our league.''
"It's terrible and I don't think it's fair," Richardson told the Times-Union. "But I want to make an apology if I offended anyone because that's not me."
Assistant Derrick Rowland will coach the team for the rest of the series.