Juwan Howard with an Open-Handed Punch/Slap
There always seems to be at least one viral sports moment each weekend, and here’s the latest:
Juwan Howard is throwing hands! pic.twitter.com/FLZuZjElDK
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) February 20, 2022
Is it a punch? A slap? Just a general hand-in-face attack? Only Juwan Howard really knows.
The context here is that Michigan was losing big to Wisconsin, and the Badgers had their backups in. Howard showed a full court press and Wisconsin’s guys had trouble breaking that press, so head coach Greg Gard calls timeout, which apparently is the source of the strife:
"Apparently, he didn't like that I called a timeout."
Wisconsin coach Greg Gard explains what led to the postgame fight with Juwan Howard and the Michigan team. pic.twitter.com/tjgRpGsCQB
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) February 20, 2022
Here's Juwan Howard's side to the story.
— Evan Flood (@Evan_Flood) February 20, 2022
Here’s a closer angle that also shows more of the aftermath, and you can hear “don’t fucking touch me” about 700 times in a row:
Caution: Unedited, NSFW language.
You can see Juwan Howard say “I’ll remember that” to Greg Gard, who said tried explaining himself. pic.twitter.com/stBbFIGqTJ
— Pablo Iglesias (@PabloIglesiasTV) February 20, 2022
Anyway, people are calling for a multiple-game suspension here. That’s probably inevitable, right? Even if the Wisconsin coach did something to absolutely deserve the open-handed punch/slap, Howard would probably still be disciplined because you just can’t do it. Especially not as a head coach of a college basketball program tasked with setting an example for the “student athletes.” This wasn’t exactly malice at the palace, but still a bad look.