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Player Assails Hands-On Manner : High school basketball: Simi Valley reserve Sam Rodriguez, who was thrown to the floor by his coach after drawing a technical foul, says Bradshaw should receive more than 'a slap on the hand.'

January 16, 1994|JEFF FLETCHER | TIMES STAFF WRITER

SIMI VALLEY — Basketball player Sam Rodriguez said Saturday that Simi Valley High Coach Dean Bradshaw should receive more than "a slap on the hand" for throwing him to the floor during the Pioneers' game against Westlake on Friday night.

Rodriguez, who was uninjured, said a meeting is planned for Tuesday in which he, his parents, Bradshaw and Principal Kathryn Scroggin will decide how to handle the matter.

Rodriguez also said a players-only meeting will be held Monday to discuss the incident. "Personally, I'm curious on what (Bradshaw's) punishment is going to be," Rodriguez said. "I don't think it should be a slap on the hand."

Rodriguez, a senior reserve guard, said he was whistled for a foul and an ensuing technical for talking back to an official late in the game, which Simi Valley won, 51-44. Bradshaw removed him and grabbed him by the back of the neck, screaming at him in front of the bench, Rodriguez said.

"As he was talking and screaming, he grabbed (my neck) tighter," Rodriguez said, "and as we got toward the end of the bench, he kind of threw me down. There was a lot of force in it."

Bradshaw on Saturday said it was "an unfortunate situation. Dr. Scroggin will make comments Tuesday."

Rodriguez said Bradshaw met with him after the game, but he was not satisfied with the coach's explanation of the incident.

"He tried to explain that it was his duty to show the other players what's right and what's wrong," Rodriguez said, "but he went about it all wrong in my eyes.

"He lost it, his composure and everything. There were hundreds of people there and he cracked in front of all of them. It's sad that it happened because he is supposed to be my leader.

"Emotionally, I didn't really realize how deep it was until afterwards, when I saw the fans booing him. My mom was crying."

Rodriguez's father, Sam Rodriguez Sr., said Saturday, "We're all still real numb about it. It was something that happened in the heat of a tight game. It was very disturbing for his mother and me. We are still trying to sort through it. We are looking at all our options."

Rodriguez Sr. later said, "Our attorney has advised us to make no further comment until all our options are explored."

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