Parents being removed from their child’s high school sporting events happens all the time. Most of the time, however, the parent isn’t a college basketball coach.
Unfortunately for George Washington men’s basketball coach Mike Lonergan, that was the case on Tuesday night, according to our friends at For The Win.
On The Sports Junkies, a sports-talk radio show for Washington, D.C.’s 106.7 The Fan, Lonergan was asked about the incident that shouldn’t have been.
“That could be a little exaggerated. I rush over to St. John’s to catch the Seton JV game. Middle of the third quarter, my daughter — they’re down like four — so start of the fourth quarter, she gets a foul called, and the scorer’s table hits the horn and says she’s got five fouls. So my wife, she’s sitting … near me in the bleachers, I said ‘she doesn’t have five fouls.’ She said ‘no way she has five.’ So my daughter goes to the bench, bawling, she’s crying, so I look over, I say ‘Hey, do you have five?’ She said ‘No.’ So, I thought I was discreet, I waited till the next timeout, and I went over to the scorer’s table and I asked the little young lady that was sitting there, from St. John’s, I said ‘Hey, how many fouls does No. 13 have?’ She said ‘Well, I only had her for four.’ So some middle-aged loser at the scorer’s table starts yelling at me, asking me who I am. I said, ‘I’m nobody. I’m just, my daughter’s down there crying, I know she doesn’t have five fouls and I’m just curious why, you know, you got her for five. And then he called over a policeman — who I knew, I used to play basketball with [him] — so I just went into the hallway and talked with him, and then I just said ‘Well, I better get out of here.’ So that was a little embarrassing, to say the least.”
Lonergan went on to say that the call was never corrected and that he didn’t think his daughter knew he was thrown out.
Well, she probably knows now.
You can listen to the hilarious interview below.