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.
“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.”