John Beilein apologizes to Cavs, says he intended to call gamers ‘slugs,’ not ‘thugs’ – ESPN


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After amazing his players in a movie session Wednesday with a verbal suggestion that they ended up no longer taking part in “like a bunch of thugs,” Cleveland Cavaliers coach John Beilein later on attained out to gamers independently to insist he alternatively intended to use the word “slugs.”

Offering the time period thugs to a team of largely youthful African American adult men carries apparent racial connotations, and Beilein acknowledged to ESPN in a phone dialogue Wednesday evening that he understood that.

Beilein was wrapping up what had been an off-day film session in Detroit and a hush fell about the space when his gamers and workers heard the text occur out of his mouth, resources stated.

The Cavaliers players still left the space at first stunned and have been progressively disturbed as they dispersed out of the meeting, league resources explained.

Cavaliers standard manager Koby Altman was alerted to the challenge in the aftermath of the meeting and arrived at out to Beilein for clarification afterwards Wednesday. Shortly following, Beilein mentioned he started out to get hold of his gamers individually to explain his phrases and this means.

“I did not comprehend that I had explained the word ‘thugs,’ but my staff members explained to me afterwards I did and so I have to have said it,” Beilein told ESPN on Wednesday night time. “I intended to say slugs, as in gradual-going. We were not participating in tricky just before, and now we had been participating in more durable. I meant it as a compliment. That is what I was attempting to say. I have presently talked to eight of my players tonight, and they are telling me that they fully grasp.”

Altman was in the process of accumulating particulars and context on the group film session Wednesday evening, resources informed ESPN.

Beilein held the film session at a Detroit lodge on Wednesday and mainly derided his gamers for bad conclusion-earning and execution, sources mentioned. The Cavaliers engage in the Pistons on Thursday in Detroit.

Immediately after signing a 5-12 months contract, Beilein, 66, has been slow to hook up with his gamers and regulate to the NBA in his very first yr on the work. Beilein has been on the receiving close of substantial disappointment from All-Star ahead Kevin Like and, in some cases, quite a few of the young core of gamers whom Beilein had been hired to train and establish.

The Cavaliers are ten-27, and they are arranging to continue on making veteran players offered on the trade marketplace to cycle into a whole rebuilding mode. Cleveland hired Beilein from the University of Michigan, his final end in a college or university coaching job that spanned above forty a long time.