The W.N.B.A. suspended and fined Curt Miller, the pinnacle coach of the Connecticut Solar, after he was known as out by Las Vegas Aces middle Liz Cambage for body-shaming her throughout a recreation on Sunday.
The superb is $10,000, and the one-game suspension will maintain Miller out of Connecticut’s matchup with the Seattle Storm on Tuesday.
“If there’s one factor about me, it’s that I’ll by no means let a person disrespect me,” Cambage stated in an Instagram video on Sunday. “Ever. Ever. Ever.”
Although Cambage didn’t consult with Miller by title — “Little sir man, I do not know your name,” she stated — within the video she stated “the coach of Connecticut” had tried to attraction for the referees to name a foul by saying, “Come on, she 300 kilos,” in a reference to her.
Cambage, who’s listed at 6-foot-8 and 216 kilos on the Aces’ roster, stated within the video that she is 235 kilos and “very proud” of her physique.
Miller apologized Monday morning in an announcement from the Solar. His suspension was introduced within the night. “Throughout final evening’s recreation, whereas arguing a name with an official, I made an inappropriate and offensive remark in reference to Liz Cambage’s peak and weight,” Miller stated. “I remorse what I stated within the warmth of the second and need to sincerely apologize to Liz and all the Aces group. I perceive the gravity of my phrases and have realized from this.”
Within the video during which she known as out Miller, Cambage spoke about how the uneven energy dynamic between gamers and coaches made the state of affairs troublesome for her. She described Miller’s feedback as “protected abuse — as a result of we will’t do nothing again.”
That is Miller’s sixth 12 months teaching the Solar, who’re undefeated in 5 video games this season and have the perfect file within the W.N.B.A.
Cambage is a three-time All-Star in her fifth W.N.B.A. season and second with the Aces. The Tulsa Shock, now the Dallas Wings, chosen her with the No. 2 total choose within the 2011 draft. She’s averaging 13.8 factors and seven.5 rebounds per recreation this season for the Aces, who misplaced final 12 months’s finals to Seattle. Cambage opted out the 2020 season for well being causes.