Adelaide 36ers coach Joey Wright is in hot water with the NBL. Photo: Getty Images
One of the wildest melees in recent NBL times has resulted in no immediate penalty, with Adelaide 36ers coach Joey Wright and Perth Wildcats assistant coach Adam Tatalovich cleared of charges.
Wright, the NBL coach of the year in 2004 and 2007 with the Brisbane Bullets, was found not guilty by the NBL judiciary on Monday of a charge of striking Tatalovich.
‘‘We are happy with the outcome of the hearing and that it has finally been put to bed,’’ 36ers general manager Dean Parker said in a statement. ‘‘This is a critical time of the season for us and we need the focus to be on winning games of basketball.’’
And Tatalovich was separately cleared on Monday of two charges - making physical contact with Wright and also abusing the dual NBL coach of the year.
Perth Wildcats star James Ennis was last week exonerated of a striking charge stemming from the scuffle after the club's heated February 14 clash in Perth.
But both clubs were found guilty of breaching the NBL's code of conduct, though both avoided immediate sanction.
The NBL fined each club $5000, with the penalty suspended for 12 months.
Perth top the table with three minor round games remaining, with the 36ers in second spot.
Wright, who is in his first season with the 36ers, and Tatalovich are now free to keep coaching as the season reaches its pointy end.
Tatalovich was only charged by the NBL after Adelaide lodged a formal complaint about his actions in the post-match scuffle.