Juwan Howard apologizes for Michigan-Wisconsin brawl

Juwan Howard speaks for the first time since his suspension on February 21 Hit Wisconsin assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoftapologized for the incident.

“I can come up with a thousand excuses, but I don’t. I take full responsibility for my actions,” Howard told reporters on Wednesday.

Howard, upset with Wisconsin coach Greg Gard for taking a timeout late in an already decided game, slammed Gard’s assistant in the handshake line.

“I could talk about the timeout,” Howard said. “We could talk about the arm pull. We can talk about the words exchanged with coaches. But these will all be excuses. Bottom line, that wasn’t the way I was supposed to behave as the head coach at the University of Michigan. I was really mad at myself.”

Howard was suspended for the last five games of the Michigan regular seasonbut will be back on the Wolverines’ sidelines for Thursday’s Big Ten tournament first-round matchup with Indiana.

“I want to be a better person. I want to be a better coach,” he said. “I think that was the right thing to do to improve as a person. I had the opportunity to really evaluate and see what areas I could improve on. And not only now, but also in the future, because I enjoy being here and I enjoy being a leader of this program.”

Juwan Howard press conference
Juwan Howard took “full responsibility” for his actions during a February 20 brawl against Wisconsin.
Juwan Howard met an assistant coach from Wisconsin after Wolverine lost to the Badgers on Sunday.
Michigan coach Juwan Howard lashed out at a Wisconsin assistant after the teams’ Feb. 20 matchup.

The incident wasn’t the first blast for the former NBA star. Howard got into a screaming match with Maryland coach Mark Turgeon and had to be restrained by his assistant coaches during the 2020 Big Ten tournament.

“I’m sorry. I hurt a lot of people,” Howard said. “I hurt my family. I hurt my players and their families. I hurt my staff. I hurt the Michigan family, the Michigan alumni -Base. Many people were hurt at that moment. And it still hurts me.

“I know that every time I train, a big microscope will be on me, how my emotions are, how I will communicate with my players. I know I’m not a perfect person and I will try to correct the mistake I made. But there has been growth and I’ve learned in the process and I will continue to learn.”

Howard’s Michigan team could potentially face Wisconsin in the Big Ten tournament title game but faces an uphill battle. The Wolverines are currently on course to reach the NCAA tournament. On Wednesday morning, gambling odds predicted they were more likely to make it to the big dance. Juwan Howard apologizes for Michigan-Wisconsin brawl


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