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Albany Coach suspended for Finals after Derogatory Remarks

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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:

  • ``I've got big-time lawyers. I've got big-time Jew lawyers.''

  • ``They know that in this country the Jews are running it if you really think about it. I mean, which is not a bad thing, you know what I mean?''

  • ``They got a lot of power in this world, you know what I mean? Which I think is great. I don't think there's nothing wrong with it. If you look in most professional sports, they're run by Jewish people. If you look at a lot of most successful corporations and stuff, more businesses, they're run by Jewish. It's not a knock, but they are some crafty people.''

    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.