With the reveal that he will be suspended for the remainder of the season for his role in his team’s postgame incident with the University of Wisconsin at the end of Sunday’s game, University of Michigan basketball coach Juwan Howard has issued an apology.

The statement, which can be read on the Wolverines Team Page, reads as follows:

“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!”

Howard’s initial apology referenced Krabbenhoft as “Joel” (H/T Jeff Goodman, Stadium), though it was later corrected.

The incident itself drew a strong response from the college basketball world, as did Howard’s suspension. Howard’s apology has done the same.

And true to form, the responses were mixed.

Maybe you feel the apology was fine. Or perhaps you feel it was weak or at least late. It’s also possible that you think it was unnecessary. Regardless of which of those groups you fall into, you’re not alone.

And while the quality of the apology is a subjective matter, one part of it isn’t. There was one notable name not included in Howard’s statement.

If the apology from Howard to Greg Gard (or vice versa) ever does come, we know that it will draw a strong and diverse reaction. Everything else involving this incident already has.


About Michael Dixon

Michael has a background in sports writing both online (Bleacher Report, Sportsnaut, Fantasy Baseball Crackerjacks) and in print (Sedona Red Rock News, Brentwood Press). Sports have been a lifeline passion for Michael and he continues to enjoy writing and talking about them.