Sydney Uni Flames owner Paul Smith harshly criticized the WNBL’s handling of an incident in which a rival WNBL coach and referee found to have “abused” confidential video clips of the Sydney team filmed by Basketball. Australia.
The Flames had participated in filming their coaching training with the videos that the WNBL umpires would use for educational purposes.
The WNBL found that referee Simon Cozier, a Canberra referee with 102 games of competition experience, had relayed the footage to Canberra Capitals University head coach Paul Goriss, who is also the assistant coach for the Australian women’s team. , the Opals. The Capitals played the Flames on December 5, winning 58-55.
Cozier was banned from officiating until the end of the season, which runs through April 2, while Goriss will be banned from all training activities, including Opals duties, until January 20.
Smith, who also owns the NBL team, the Sydney Kings, disagreed with the investigation’s findings that claimed Goriss and the Capitals gained no real advantage by accessing the footage.
“We are deeply disappointed by the actual incident, but also by the findings conveyed by Basketball Australia’s independent hearing panel,” Smith said.
“While we will not comment on the individual suspensions issued, we strongly disagree with the finding that UC Capitals did not gain any real advantage as a result of the actions of the coach and the referee.”
Smith said that at no point were the Flames coaching staff or players called to testify before the independent hearing panel.