WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest Athletics Director Ron Wellman addressed an incident that took place Saturday when when basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik responded to a Miami fan’s taunts with profanity.
Bzdelik acknowledged Wednesday that he did direct one obscenity at the fan during the Deacons’ 74-56 loss to the Hurricanes at Miami’s BankUnited Center.
“I was wrong,” Bzdelik said. “It’s something that I have never done before, and certainly something I would never do again.”
Wellman responded to an email from the fan with an apology on behalf of Bzdelik and the university.
“I wrote the fan back and said, ‘Thanks for telling me about it because it allowed me to talk to Jeff about it. Otherwise I never would have known it. And we apologize you were treated that way. Jeff is very apologetic, and believe me, the expectations we have of our coaches and our players is that they conduct themselves professionally and treat everybody well and be role models,’ ” Wellman recounted Wednesday night.
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