Capitals to appeal hefty $2,500 fine for inflammatory comments

Lachlan Roberts 6 December 2018

UC Capitals will appeal the WNBL fine for coach Paul Gorris’ comments. File photo.

The University of Canberra Capitals has decided to fight the WNBL’s hefty $2,500 fine for “inflammatory comments” made by coach Paul Gorris after Kelsey Griffin suffered a nasty cut to her head against Perth last Friday (30 November).

The WNBL slapped Goriss with the maximum fine for his post-game outburst criticising officials, with the Capitals deciding to lodge an appeal on Thursday morning (6 December).

It was the biggest fine in WNBL history.

The coach criticised the referees after his star forward had her head split open during the Caps loss to the Perth Lynx last Friday night (30 November).

In a statement, the WNBL said the contact was incidental and “an unfortunate occurrence that can take place within the game of basketball” and Gorris’ comments were “prejudicial to the interests and reputation of the WNBL, the Perth Lynx WNBL team and their athletes”.

The WNBL operations rules read: “No club, executive officer, official, employee, coach, referee, player or team shall offer public criticism of game referees except through proper channels of WNBL league management, referees manager of referee supervisors.”

More to come.

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