Connecticut Sun coach fined and suspended after bashing WNBA athlete’s height
UNCASVILLE, Connecticut – Connecticut Sun coach Curt Miller was fined $ 10,000 and suspended for a game by the WNBA for making a derogatory remark to a referee on Sunday about the weight of Liz Cambage, the Las Vegas Aces post player.
In a social media post following the Aces’ 72-65 loss to the Sun on Sunday, Cambage said Miller had shown disrespect. The coach, while arguing whether a call should have gone in the direction of the sun, told the official that she weighs 300 pounds.
“I will never let a man disrespect me,” Cambage said in his Instagram post.
Miller released a statement on Monday to apologize to Cambage and the Aces.
“I made an inappropriate and offensive comment in reference to Liz Cambage’s height and weight,” he wrote.
“I regret what I said in the heat of the moment and I want to sincerely apologize to Liz and the entire Aces organization. I understand the seriousness of my words and have learned from them. “
Miller said he spoke with Cambage’s agent and the Aces general manager. The veteran coach said in a media session later Monday night that he was disappointed in himself.
“As a leader, words matter. It was inappropriate, ”he said. “In a league where we empower women, and I’ve spent 31 years empowering women, (those words were) just not acceptable.”
The league announced the fine and suspension on Monday afternoon.
The 6-foot-8 player said she weighs 235 pounds and is proud of her height. She said Miller’s comment was very different from the usual speech between players.
“For a coach from another team screaming like protected abuse, because we can’t do anything in return, that’s just crazy to me,” she said.
The Sun said Miller will serve his suspension on Tuesday when Connecticut surrenders to the Seattle Storm. He said assistants Brandi Poole and Chris Koclanes will be the game’s co-head coaches.