Years ago

Wright, Tatalovich Not Guilty

The NBL has finalised its investigation into the on-court altercation involving the Perth Wildcats and Adelaide 36ers on February 14, 2014.

At a hearing this afternoon, an independent NBL judiciary found Adelaide Coach Joey Wright not guilty on the charge of Striking.

Perth Wildcats Assistant Coach Adam Tatalovich was found not guilty on the charges of Striking and the Use of Offensive Language.

Both clubs have been handed a $5,000 fine for a Code of Conduct breach. The sanction has been suspended for 12 months.

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Years ago

This result is pretty damn funny.

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Nathan of Perth  
Years ago

Hysterical, simply hysterical.

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Years ago

Common sense. Nothing in it. I will be glad that I don't have to hear the Wildcat fans bang on about this anymore. Cannot wait to see us give them a hidding on 14/3

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Years ago

Not guilty of striking?

Um so what was it then?

Thats like a court saying a man is not guilty of assault when they have evidence of an offender locking a guy on CCTV.

I don't get it.

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The Situation  
Years ago

After the fiasco of the repeated delays, I don't think they had any choice but to dismiss all individual charges. So I guess its a good overall result, just handled poorly.

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NBL Fan  
Years ago

I think it is a good decision but I personally think the Perth Assistant coach got off lightly

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Years ago

So both are not guilty, as was James Ennis.

Sanity prevails after all the BS.

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Nathan of Perth  
Years ago

@NBL Fan,

I am agog, that in all of this, Tats is the guy you think got off lightly.

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Nathan of Perth  
Years ago

Gotta say, after all the absurdities, happy with this result. Time to just move on.

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Jack Toft  
Years ago

I'm with Nathan, nothing to see here, move on. Wait until a couple of Fridays....

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Years ago


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Years ago

I think it's the (W)right decision.................just a week late!

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Years ago

MACDUB, you've got no idea just how often that happens..... Frustrating as hell..

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Years ago

"Both the Wildcats and the 36ers have been cleared of any wrong doing but both teams have been given $5,000 suspended fines. Try working that one out, but that's the NBL for you" Basil Zempalis (Sports Reporter) on 7 News Perth bagging the NBL for being a joke.

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Years ago

OK. That'll be the end of that then, No-one did anything to anyone, and anyone who says different knows nothing about anything.

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Years ago

No one did anything to anyone yet both clubs have been fined $5,000. What for? Its absolutely ridiculous to fine both clubs like that, its not as if they are rolling in money. If the NBL could not lay any charges, they could not have found any reason to penalize anybody. I hope both clubs appeal these fines, they are unfounded.

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Years ago

Yep i'm with Boti...

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Years ago

Bringing the game into disrepute will always get up. Ugly on TV and not needed. NBL already has no balls.

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Years ago

EC, both of the fines have been suspended for 12 months so if neither club breaches the code of conduct again in that period the suspended fines will disappear in 12 months time anyway.

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Years ago

really the entire thing was no worse than a bad fart at wedding reception table. Whilst highly undesirable - it happened, was not really the look we want, in the big picture hardly earth shattering.

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Marcus Camby  
Years ago you can punch the opposition Asst. Coach, have it captured on video, have it captured on stills...and still get off.

What evidence is required to get a conviction?

What kind of message is Joey / the 36'ers / the NBL sending to the community, the juniors?

That this type of action is OK as he can get away with it?

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Agent Orange  
Years ago

I can't believe Wright hasn't been jailed and/or at least publicly flogged in Perth's city square.

it's a outrage.

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Years ago

If only Russell Packer had of appeared before this panel.

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Years ago


Cats are the dirtiest team of the decade - take it on the chin.

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Years ago

What a complete joke of a league - so both clubs breached the code of conduct but no individual did anything untoward. Another dent in the credibility of the NBL as a serious sporting competition in Australia.

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Years ago

Embarrassing for the NBL that it took 10 days for a unanimous not guilty finding.

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Years ago

NBL is a joke.

anyone can do anything now and get away with it... wow the gloves will be off now. Watch out for hammer

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Wilson Sting  
Years ago

The clubs should fine the NBL for bringing the league into disrepute.

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Melbourne Wildcat  
Years ago

Personally i think the NBL got it right, if anyone thinks that the two coaches were guilty of striking, have another look, no more than a brush off from the Wildcat coach, and for mine Joey did nothing more than push the Wildcats coach, please my 10 yr old niece has hit me harder. Neither should have been even charged for striking.

So what we had was a push and shove from grown men and a bit of verbal abuse, the NBL gets next to no publicity,so any publicity is good publicity in my opinion. Plus guarantees Adelaide a sellout for next game between the two, that has to be a good thing.

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Years ago

This is what is wrong with our sport.

People just sweep things like this under the rug. It was highly unprofessional and the NBL looks worse by doing... NOTHING about it.

Stop justifying it and putting your own teams interest ahead of developing and maintaining a highly professional well run league and sport... at the moment we are no where near it... and the attitudes on here do not help at all!

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Years ago

I'm with 582 above.

One minute people are charged, next they're not, then someone else is, then nothing happened, then there are fines (suspended). What's the point and ... any publicity is good publicity = no league credibility.

Blind Freddy could see "something" happened.

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The Situation  
Years ago

I don't get why Tat was "cleared of striking" when that wasn't what he was charged with in the first place.

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Years ago

The Tat charge never made sense to me.

Actually, most of this didn't.

NBL didn't exactly come out looking like a professional body.

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Camel 31  
Years ago

While only yesterday ch7 and ch9 news at 36ers training agen. Joey;'Be good to be outta the spotlight now. I couldn't even fish without someone saying something t' me....................We gonna play some defense against the hawks, this time.'

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