George Washington head men’s basketball coach Mike Lonergan is a passionate individual, so much so that it sometimes gets him in trouble. Most recently, it got him booted from his daughter’s JV basketball game, as he told a local radio show.
Per Lonergan, who has the Colonials at 18-5 (7-3 A-10) and in the thick of the race for the Atlantic 10, he showed up midway through the third quarter of his daughter’s game and at the start of the fourth, his daughter got called for a foul and was told she was fouled out. Lonergan then asked his crying daughter if she did indeed have the five fouls necessary to be ruled out for the game, she said no, and it escalated from there.
Lonergan then went to the scorer’s table and asked a student keeping score for the opposing team if his daughter did indeed have four fouls, and then someone he described as “a middle-aged loser” started yelling at him and a policeman escorted him to the hall where the conversation continued. Fortunately, everything else was quietly done, according to Lonergan.
“I don’t think my daughter knows I got thrown out,” Lonergan said. “’cause it was pretty, kinda quietly done. I went and sat down, and the cop came over and said, ‘Hey, they want you to leave.’ I’m like, ‘Are you kidding me? Alright.’ My wife didn’t even say anything to me, so I don’t know how the heck you could know. I think maybe I had a Nike shirt on, and since they’re owned by Under Armour over there, maybe they got upset with that.”
It just goes to show, ladies and gentlemen. Once a basketball coach, always a basketball coach. Hopefully, Lonergan just lets his daughter’s games play out in the future and doesn’t become the crazy parent in the stands.
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