NBL Statement : Joey Wright
On Sunday 5th February, an article was published by the Adelaide Advertiser that quoted statements from Adelaide 36ers Head Coach Joey Wright in reference to NBL referee Brett Hogan.
Those comments included an allegation that Hogan was suspended for making racial slurs in 2011. The NBL has fined Coach Wright in respect of those statements by reason of contravention of NBL Code Of Conduct Rule 2.7.
Whilst Hogan was suspended in 2011 in respect of remarks he had made about Coach Wright, the NBL's investigation at the time into that incident did not result in any findings in relation to any remarks or slurs of a racial nature.
The NBL does not condone nor tolerate bullying, harassment or abuse of any form and treat the inaccurate reporting of this incident as being irresponsible on the behalf of Coach Wright as it has had a significant negative impact on the league and the referee involved.
A fine of $2500.00 will be imposed on Coach Wright for the NBL Code of Conduct violation as well as a 1 game suspended sentence that will remain in place until the completion of the 2017/18 season. If Coach Wright is found to be in breach of the NBL Code of Conduct again between now and the end of the 2017/18 season an automatic 1 game suspension will be applied in addition to the penalty for the incident at the time.
NBL Code of Conduct Rule 2.7 states:
• Comments made in public that are prejudicial to the best interests of the sport and the NBL are not condoned. For the sake of clarity persons associated with the NBL will not make statements or take part in demonstrations (whether verbally or in writing and including but not limited to statements made by way of social media) or allow their image or reputation to be associated with something or use their involvement with the NBL to promote their own beliefs, behaviours or practices where they know or reasonably should know, that they are or could be:
o inconsistent with the NBL;
o prejudicial or contrary to the objects, purposes or interests of the NBL;
o something that will bring the NBL in disrepute or be otherwise harmful to the interest of basketball and/or the NBL.