Jefferson High School forfeited its game against Lincoln on Tuesday because, as coach Bud Pollard said, too many players had broken team rules and he forced his team to miss the big game to discipline them. On Thursday it was the Public School Athletic League that was disciplining him.
According to Vernon Jones of NYCBasketball.com, Pollard has been suspended for at least one game, against Westinghouse on Thursday night as a result of his team not showing up to Lincoln on Tuesday.
“I received a call early this morning that I am suspended for tonight’s game but I don’t know beyond that,” Pollard told Jones.
Pollard told Jones that at least 10 of his players had broken team rules and that he felt there was no other choice but to sit out the game.
“There are even consequences for my actions as well and I can accept that,” Pollard said. “Maybe I should have done things differently, but at the end of the day I’m here trying to teach these kids life lessons.”
While I applaud Pollard for doing the right thing by his kids, he seemed to have handled this in the wrong way. There was a packed gym filled with players, coaches, parents, students, fans, referees, media, at least one college coach and Lincoln never heard from him. Everyone waited until 5:30 p.m., 30 minutes after the game was supposed to start, before Lincoln officials gave into the fact that Jefferson wasn’t going to show. If he had called ahead of time, he might have saved himself a suspension.