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CPS coaches suspended after teams’ fight turns violent

Suspensions have been handed down to the boys, basketball coaches at Simeon Career Academy and Morgan Park High School for their conduct during and after a fight between the two teams last week.

The fight broke out after their game January 16 at Chicago State and ended with a shooting in the parking lot that killed a student.

Simeon coach Robert Smith and Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin continued to yell at each other after the teams were ordered back to their locker rooms.

CPS chief executive officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in a statement that the coaches violated the CPS code of conduct with their words and actions at the game.

“Coaches in Chicago Public Schools must serve as mentors, instructors and role models for our students both on and off the court or field of competition,” Byrd-Bennett said in the statement. “The children under their charge take their cues from them on what is acceptable behavior and what is not. Knowing this, coaches must at all times conduct themselves in a professional and sportsmanlike manner.

“Through both words and actions, the boys basketball coaches of Morgan Park and Simeon high schools on Jan. 16 violated the code of conduct to which they all must subscribe as a basic responsibility of their positions. We have taken the proper disciplinary steps to address their actions.”

A meeting will be held by the CPS on February 2 to go over new guidelines for all coaches.

Michael McNabb and Stephen Gilbert have been charged in the shooting death of 17-year-old Tyrone Lawson, who was shot in the Chicago State parking lot after the game on January 16.


8 Comments to “CPS coaches suspended after teams’ fight turns violent”

    sharong4 said:
    January 24, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    This isn't the first time that fights have broken out in CPS basketball games. Back in the 60's our bus was almost turned over by students from a school after a game. So this is nothing new. That was a Southside school. Harrison High School started a fight with Westinghouse students at their home game. I know because I was there. Security had to lead us out. Coaches argue, just like in the big leagues, but they still get along. It's just being caught up at the moment for a win. There should have been prevenative measures taken back then. Now it has escalated to a young man being murdered. Looks like CPS could use a facelift.

    get real said:
    January 24, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    you can take them out of the jungle, but you can't take the jungle out of them.

    kid1339 said:
    January 24, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    I guess the administrator was there?

    kid1339 said:
    January 24, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Look like a democrat & republican meeting.

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    March 16, 2013 at 1:15 AM

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