The National Basketball League of Canada has handed out $90,000 in fines to the Halifax Rainmen after last night’s forfeited final game.
Rainmen coaches Josep Claros and Pedro Monteiro have been fined $10,000 and $5,000 respectively, and are both banned for life from coaching in the NBL.
All 11 Rainmen players have been fined $5000 each, and are indefinitely suspended from playing in the NBL, pending a full investigation.
The Rainmen organization will have to pay a fine of $20,000.
A release from the league says the Windsor Express were in the arena and ready to play last night, and Halifax, by not showing up, forfeited the game, and made the Express the league champions. The league apologized to fans, partners, team owners, employees, players and supporters of all teams in the league, pledging to improve it.
The league’s board has appointed an investigator to determine what happened during the morning practice, including any “physical altercation and any verbal threats.”
The league says further disciplinary actions and fines are expected for guilty parties on either team.