John Beilein apologizes over “Thugs” Statement

Chris Urban, Editor

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein was caught up in some unfortunate business this week. In a film room session with the team Beilein apparently called his players “thugs” referencing laziness or possibly sloppy play on the court. To be fair Cleveland is currently 11-27, 3rd to last in the Eastern Conference. Nonetheless, its a bad look for Beilein as a white coach speaking to a majority black team. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN,”a hush fell over the room” after the former University of Michigan coach said “thugs” during the session. “The Cavaliers players left the room initially stunned and were increasingly disturbed as they dispersed out of the meeting.” Whether you like it or not there is constantly a microphone on coaches and what they say besides a press conference for example. It’s tough waters when you want something out of your team and you care about them but use inappropriate terms or phrases to get your point across.

The other part to this wacky story is that Beilein apologized for his “thugs” comment and said he meant to say “slugs” in reference to a film session with his team. So did people hear him wrong or did he actually say “thugs?” We need to figure this out people! Would Beilein rather them play like thugs or slugs?

I feel bad for Beilein because he loved coaching at Michigan, a tenure he has held for years, and now he is trapped with a poor team in Cleveland. Unless LeBron James comes back again I don’t see this team being good for a while.

Here is a great video of Stephen A. Smith and the First Take crew debating the issue: