You need to fast forward to the 6:40 mark for the good stuff, but here is the full video (courtesy of ABC) of Holy Family coach John O'Connor and player Matt Kravchuk meeting in-person on Good Morning America.
Both sides are in the wrong here.
If you watch the first five minutes, it's apparent that O'Connor doesn't seem to fully grasp what he did as being wrong. You can't hit someone who is 6'5, 202 lbs, hard enough that he falls to the ground. There's a fine line between "tough love" and shouldering a kid. That being said, O'Conner apologized to Kravchuk, who, oh by the way, continued to practice with the team for a few days.
Kravchuk didn't see Holy Family take the sort of action he was looking for, so he went to the police- that's when this thing went way further than it needed to. Now this has turned into a national story, O'Connor may be facing charges, and will likely never get a coaching job again. Meanwhile, Kravchuk sits there on national TV and chimes in with these wussy comments:
To be honest, it's kind of hard to accept your apology. Just because, you know, you claim it's justified and you claim you weren't crossing the line. And also, I came to Holy Family to play basketball and now I'm injured and I can't play. And I can't play for you anymore just because, as your player, I'm supposed to respect you, and I feel I can't do that anymore.
Here's my full take on it, including nasty broken wrist picture, at Philly Sports Daily.
Video after the jump.