声明の中で, Gard said he has his “players’ backs” そしてだった “fully committed to their development as basketball players, 学生, and young men.”
“I care deeply about the student-athletes in our program,” Gard said. “I want nothing more than to help them and see them succeed on and off the court. Our program has a lengthy track record of doing both. But the path to a championship or to graduation is not always easy. Sometimes there are setbacks. Difficult conversations have to be had. Sometimes people just need to get things off their chest.”
Gard added that he was “incredibly disappointed” that a private meeting between coaches and players was “secretly recorded, edited and made public.”
“It shows a complete lack of care for our program culture and for the confidentiality that is owed to our student-athletes who wanted an opportunity to share their thoughts behind closed doors,” 彼は言った.
The meeting took place Feb. 19 between Gard, the Badgers’ seven seniors, and three assistant coaches, レポートによると. It lasted more than two hours, and took place in the Kohl Center media room the day after a 15-point home loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
A roughly 37-minute, secret recording of that meeting was sent to the paper by an anonymous email, which included criticism directed at the head coach.
“I just feel like, コーチ, we don’t have a relationship,” said forward Nate Reuvers, a four-year starter on the team. “In my mind, it’s too late for that. I personally don’t think or feel like you care about our future aspirations.”