Jewish Journal

Goodman Quits Team

by The Baltimore Jewish News

Posted on Dec. 20, 2001 at 7:00 pm

Star basketball player Tamir Goodman ended his career at Towson University in Baltimore last week, when the school took the side of the head coach in a dispute that ended with Goodman's resigning from the team.

The incident that sparked this took place after Towson beat Morgan State on Dec. 8 at the Towson Center. Goodman alleged that men's basketball coach Michael Hunt held a chair over the player's head and later kicked a stool that hit Goodman's leg. Goodman filed a complaint later that night with the university police, and it was forwarded to the county state's attorney's office. He later dropped the charges. The Towson statement said the investigation had determined no criminal charges would be filed.

"Mr. Goodman's participation as a basketball student-athlete has not been suspended or terminated," a university press release stated. "However, he has conveyed to [Athletic Director Wayne] Edwards and [Associate Director of Athletics] Margie Tversky his decision that he will not continue as a member of the Towson University men's basketball team unless a head coaching change occurs."

That change will not occur, according to the university. Goodman's father, Karl, said he was hoping his son could find another Division I school to play for, possibly in New York, and that they'd already received calls.

Goodman, formerly a student at Talmudical Academy High School, reacted with faith and confidence: "[Hunt] never liked the fact that I wouldn't break down when he didn't play me or when he criticized me. I kept coming back with a smile on my face, stronger and stronger. He was the one who broke, not me. I have the faith of Hashem, the faith of my people behind me. This is fitting that it happened during Chanukah, because like the example given over to us by the Maccabees, I had to keep strong for my people. And I did." -- The Baltimore Jewish News

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