Juwan Antonio Howard is an American former professional basketball player and current head coach of the Michigan Wolverines men’s team.
He was an assistant coach for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association from 2013 to 2019.
Howard played in the NBA from 1994 until 2013.
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Juwan Howard: Incident, Post Game, Should Be Fired?
Michigan men’s basketball head coach Juwan Howard threw a punch during postgame handshakes after his team’s game against Wisconsin on Sunday.
As the men’s tempers flared, players and staff swarmed around them to keep them apart. That’s when Howard struck Krabbenhoft, who was close at hand, in the head.
Though Howard pulled back a clenched fist, he appeared in a slow-motion video view to strike Krabbenhoft with an open hand.
Michigan’s athletic director Ward Manuel said in a statement that the violence was “totally unacceptable, adding: “There is no excuse for any of our staff or student-athletes to get into a physical altercation with others regardless of instigating factors.”
He said he apologized to Wisconsin’s athletic director Chris McIntosh, and that university President Mary Sue Coleman was reaching out to issue an apology to University of Wisconsin chancellor Rebecca Blank.
“The conference is in contact with both member institutions and is currently assessing the incident,” said in a statement. “The conference will provide more information and will take swift and appropriate disciplinary action when it completes its review.”
Should be fired?
Both coaches were at fault, but only one threw what could fairly be described as a punch in response.
The play by play of the postgame incident — and what led to it — can be found here. In short, Howard admitted to not liking the timeout and telling Gard about in the postgame handshake line. “I’ll remember that s—,” Howard can be heard telling Gard in a video captured by an on-court reporter.
It was not the first time Howard offered a similar defense. During last season’s Big Ten Tournament, Howard and Maryland coach Mark Turgeon had to be separated during a stoppage in play. After a brief on-court exchange, Turgeon took a few steps in Howard’s direction, which enraged Howard.