Howard issues statement following suspension

Michigan head basketball coach Juwan Howard has issued the following statement regarding the incident at the end of the Wolverines game with Wisconsin on Saturday:

“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. I would like to personally apologize to Wisconsin’s Assistant Coach Joe Krabbenhoft and his family, too.”

“Lastly, I speak a lot about being a Michigan man and representing the University of Michigan with class and pride, I did not do that, nor did I set the right example in the right way for my student-athletes. I will learn from my mistake and this mistake will never happen again. No excuses!”

Michigan AD Warde Manuel also weighed in:

“Today’s disciplinary actions underscore the seriousness with which we take the incident that unfolded on Sunday. Simply put, there is no room at U-M for the behavior we saw. We will learn from this incident as a department, work to improve ourselves while operating under a spotlight, and move forward in a positive light.”

Michigan also announced the following:

» Michigan has fully accepted all disciplinary actions handed down from the Big Ten Conference.
» Effective immediately, Juwan Howard has been suspended for the remainder of the regular season. Prior to reinstatement, all parties will meet to make a final decision prior to the Big Ten Tournament and any postseason participation.
» The Wolverine will be led by associate head coach Phil Martelli, starting with U-M’s home game against Rutgers Feb. 23. Director of Basketball Operations Chris Hunter will have a temporary elevation to the third assistant position.
» U-M sophomore Terrance Williams II and freshman Moussa Diabate have been suspended for one game each for their involvement. Those suspensions take effect immediately.
» No further disciplinary actions or comments will be made publicly.

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