The W.N.B.A. suspended and fined Curt Miller, the pinnacle coach of the Connecticut Sun, after he was known as out by Las Vegas Aces heart Liz Cambage for body-shaming her throughout a sport on Sunday.
The high quality is $10,000, and the one-game suspension will hold Miller out of Connecticut’s matchup with the Seattle Storm on Tuesday.
“If there is one thing about me, it’s that I will never let a man disrespect me,” Cambage stated in an Instagram video on Sunday. “Ever. Ever. Ever.”
Though Cambage didn’t discuss with Miller by identify — “Little sir man, I do not know your name,” she stated — within the video she stated “the coach of Connecticut” had tried to enchantment for the referees to name a foul by saying, “Come on, she 300 pounds,” in a reference to her.
Cambage, who’s listed at 6-foot-Eight and 216 kilos on the Aces’ roster, stated within the video that she is 235 kilos and “very proud” of her physique.
Connecticut Sun Coach Curt Miller stated he “made an inappropriate and offensive” remark about Cambage that he regretted.Credit…Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press
Miller apologized Monday morning in a press release from the Sun. His suspension was introduced within the night. “During last night’s game, while arguing a call with an official, I made an inappropriate and offensive comment in reference to Liz Cambage’s height and weight,” Miller stated. “I regret what I said in the heat of the moment and want to sincerely apologize to Liz and the entire Aces organization. I understand the gravity of my words and have learned from this.”
In her call-out of 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 — because we can’t do nothing back.”
This is Miller’s sixth 12 months teaching the Sun, who’re undefeated in 5 video games this season and have one of the best document 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 general decide within the 2011 draft. She’s averaging 13.Eight factors and seven.5 rebounds per sport this season for the Aces, who misplaced final 12 months’s finals to Seattle. Cambage opted out the 2020 season for well being causes.