BALTIMORE – Morgan State men’s basketball coach Todd Bozeman has been suspended indefinitely without pay after being involved in a physical altercation with one of his players during a victory at South Carolina State on Saturday night.
Bozeman is accused of punching senior guard Larry Bastfield during the game. The extent of the contact between Bozeman and Bastfield is being reviewed by officials of both schools.
“It’s definitely overblown,” Bozeman told the Associated Press on Monday. “I didn’t hit him.”
The coach insisted he would never strike one of his own athletes.
“I love my players. I’m an emotional coach, but I don’t get physical with my players in that way,” Bozeman said.
Bozeman has been asked by athletic director Floyd Kerr to separate himself from the team and avoid contact with his players, pending an investigation by the school.
“My attorney made numerous attempts to get them to wait until (after a Monday game) before deciding to take any action,” Bozeman said. “They chose to do it now.”
Bozeman expects to meet with Kerr on Wednesday.
“I am confident when the facts come out, they will speak for themselves,” Bozeman said.