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Basketball: Pasternack releases statement — says didn’t intend to create incident with Gutierrez

Arizona assistant coach Joe Pasternack, who once worked on coach Ben Braun’s staff at Cal, released a statement saying he did not intend to engage Jorge Gutierrez when the the Bears guard tumbled into him on the sideline of Thursday’s Pac-12 Conference game at Haas Pavilion.

Gutierrez was angry as he stood up, and teammate Harper Kamp later said Gutierrez believed Pasternack was trying to trip him. No technical fouls were called.
 

Pasternack’s statement:

“I would like to clarify that my actions last night were a reflex in response to a player falling on top of me while running at top speed toward our bench. Prior to my arrival at Arizona and as a former head coach and an assistant coach for eight seasons at the University of California, I have great respect for the Pac-12 Conference, the Cal program and Jorge Gutierrez and the competitiveness he brings to the court. 

“In no way was I deliberately attempting to engage him.  My hope is that this statement will clear up any misconceptions about the incident and that we can move on in a positive fashion Gutierrez was angry as he stood up and one of his teammates later said Gutierrez believed Pasternack was trying to trip him. No technical fouls were called.”

 

Jeff Faraudo