The No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers beat the Michigan Wolverines 77-63 on Sunday in Madison, but the game result took a backseat in the news to a shocking incident that happened right after the game ended.
Michigan head coach Juwan Howard was furious about a timeout that Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard called while the Badgers led by 15 points with 15 seconds remaining.
In the postgame handshake line, Howard got into a verbal dispute with Gard, and as more people came to try to calm the heated situation down, Howard proceeded to strike Wisconsin assistant Joe Krabbenhoft in the head. That led to a brawl between the two sides.
Well, raw video has emerged showing more up-close detail of the incident, including audio of the exchange between Howard and Gard.
Howard can be heard telling Gard repeatedly, “Don’t f*cking touch me,” before striking Krabbenhoft.
Here’s the unedited video, as captured by Pablo Iglesias of WKOW (Madison ABC affiliate).
Caution: Unedited, NSFW language.
You can see Juwan Howard say “I’ll remember that” to Greg Gard, who said tried explaining himself. pic.twitter.com/stBbFIGqTJ
— Pablo Iglesias (@PabloIglesiasTV) February 20, 2022
There may be multiple suspensions on the way, and it will certainly be a significant suspension for Howard.
Here are statements in response to the incident from the Big Ten and Michigan on Sunday:
Big Ten Statement on the Juwan Howard/Wisconsin scuffle: pic.twitter.com/jbKcQc2wQz
— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) February 20, 2022
Statement from University of Michigan Athletic Director Warde Manuel: pic.twitter.com/GVt0zxcgLN
— Michigan Athletics 〽️ (@UMichAthletics) February 20, 2022
One conference commissioner thinks that Howard should be suspended for the rest of the regular season and the conference tournament, according to Jeff Goodman of Stadium.
One conference commissioner who wished to remain anonymous told me if a coach in his league did what Juwan Howard did earlier today and hit an opposing coach, he’d suspend them for the remainder of the regular season and also the conference tournament.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) February 21, 2022
[Photo Credit: Pablo Iglesias; WKOW]