The NBL has charged Adelaide 36ers head coach Joey Wright with striking Perth Wildcats assistant coach Adam Talovich.
Adelaide 36ers head coach Joey Wright faces an NBL tribunal hearing after being charged with striking Perth Wildcats assistant coach Adam Talovich.
American Wright was on Monday referred directly to the independent judiciary later this week to answer the charge, stemming from an on-court melee involving both teams and coaching staff following the Wildcats’ 85-61 home win in the top-of-the ladder clash on Saturday night.
Perth’s star American import James Ennis will also face the judiciary, charged with attempting to strike Adelaide player Mitch Creek.
The charges follow a video review and investigation by the NBL which also found both clubs guilty of breaching the code of conduct.
The NBL says possible penalties and sanctions are yet to be finalised.
However, both clubs will be dreading the possibility of suspensions in the lead up to the finals starting at the end of March.
Wright is a two-time NBL coach of the year, in 2004 and 2007 with the Brisbane Bullets, and is in his first season with the 36ers.
The exciting Ennis, who is attached to NBA reigning champions Miami Heat, is a leading contender for the NBL’s season MVP award, averaging 22.3 points a game, the second-highest in the competition.
Adelaide 36ers operations manager Paul Bonsor issued a brief statement saying the club would support Wright through the tribunal process.
Perth Wildcats managing director Nick Marvin said the club had already moved to ensure there would be no similar incidents in future.
“The post-game melee was regrettable,” said Marvin.
“The Perth Wildcats have taken steps internally to ensure that regardless of the circumstances, the Wildcats players and coaches will have certain protocols in place to avoid a repeat of this situation.
“The club will abide by the procedures in place and accept the final outcome of the NBL’s investigation.”