If you stayed up late on Friday to watch Michigan State take on UCLA in their First Four matchup, you may have seen Spartans head coach Tom Izzo lose his cool at the end of the first half. If you missed it, please click on the link below to see exactly what happened.
Well, in response to Izzo’s latest outburst, Detroit News writer Nolan Finley wrote an editorial in which he bashes the Spartans coach.
Here are some excerpts from the piece:
Who would argue with this premise: A White man in a position of authority over young Black men shouldn’t be putting his hands on them in anger?
And yet once again Tom Izzo has embarrassed Michigan State University on national television with a temper tantrum that ended with aggression toward one of his basketball players, and still his defenders are still dismissing it as “just coachin’.”
No it’s not. It’s bullying. And it’s inappropriate and unacceptable in today’s more sensitive environment.
The basketball court shouldn’t be a rules-free zone for abusive behavior by a university employee toward a student. Imagine the outrage if a MSU science professor angrily dragged a slacking student around the lab by his shirt, particularly if the racial dynamics were the same?
The exchange evoked a similar incident two seasons ago when Izzo went nuts on player Aaron Henry, lunging at him with fists clenched.
Nation, do you agree with the author of this piece? Did Izzo go too far?