Feb 23, 2012
Coach Removed From Pee Wee League For Using Profanity

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_20020939

WEST COVINA – The West Covina Youth Basketball League has removed popular coach, and former professional basketball player, Jelani Gardner from the league after he allegedly used profanity in front of the 7- and 8-year-old kids he coaches.

The board sent an email to parents last night letting them know that the decision is effective immediately.

The email reads: “Coach Gardner will be dismissed from his volunteered duties as coach for the Pee Wee Jag Team. The decision has been made based upon disorderly conduct and insubordination against the rules and regulations within the policies of WCYBL. We feel that these actions taken are necessary for the purpose of our organization, but ultimately the safety and best interest for our kids.”

Gardner, 36, was suspended for one year on Feb. 11 after referees and some league parents accused him of violating the league’s code of conduct, including using profanity, arguing with referee’s calls and threatening a referee. Garner denies the charges.

Gardner – who began coaching the JAG Pee Wee team after retiring last summer from playing 12 years of professional basketball in Europe – has denied the allegations.

Parents whose children are on Gardner’s team have defended him and also deny the allegations.

“Our boys love him. He is a amazing coach and the treatment he is receiving is unjust. Our boys are so happy with him, parent Brenda Torres said. I have been present at all practices and games and Jelani has never raised his voice or used foul language with my son or the other players on the team. Jelani is patient and he has taught our boys the fundamentals of basketball and teamwork.”

Coach, Former Pro Removed From League For Using Profanity

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_20020939

WEST COVINA – The West Covina Youth Basketball League has removed popular coach, and former professional basketball player, Jelani Gardner from the league after he allegedly used profanity in front of the 7- and 8-year-old kids he coaches.

The board sent an email to parents last night letting them know that the decision is effective immediately.

The email reads: “Coach Gardner will be dismissed from his volunteered duties as coach for the Pee Wee Jag Team. The decision has been made based upon disorderly conduct and insubordination against the rules and regulations within the policies of WCYBL. We feel that these actions taken are necessary for the purpose of our organization, but ultimately the safety and best interest for our kids.”

Gardner, 36, was suspended for one year on Feb. 11 after referees and some league parents accused him of violating the league’s code of conduct, including using profanity, arguing with referee’s calls and threatening a referee. Garner denies the charges.

Gardner – who began coaching the JAG Pee Wee team after retiring last summer from playing 12 years of professional basketball in Europe – has denied the allegations.

Parents whose children are on Gardner’s team have defended him and also deny the allegations.

“Our boys love him. He is a amazing coach and the treatment he is receiving is unjust. Our boys are so happy with him, parent Brenda Torres said. I have been present at all practices and games and Jelani has never raised his voice or used foul language with my son or the other players on the team. Jelani is patient and he has taught our boys the fundamentals of basketball and teamwork.”






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