Originally written by DEAN MILLARD
KEPPEL Heat basketballer Adam Currie was suspended from basketball for five years on Friday night following a heated contest in the Portland Basketball Association’s division two men on Monday night.
In a game riddled with tech fouls Currie was reported on a series of charges in relation to referee Bob Chandler, who was officiating the game with Chloe Carlin.
Currie was charged with striking, putting fear into, threatening, offensive language, bringing basketball into disrepute, assault, gross breach of code and disputed decisions.
The main incident from which the reports arose from occurred during the second half of Keppel Heat’s game against Tiger Sharks in the Portland Basketball Association division two men’s game.
It is alleged during the second half Currie became upset with a decision by Chandler and shoved him in the chest.
Currie was found guilty on all charges and will be ineligible to play basketball anywhere in Australia until April 16, 2015.
The charges Currie was facing included two potential life bans for striking and assault, 104-week bans for threatening behaviour and putting in fear, a 20-week ban for offensive language, a 19-week ban for bringing the game into disrepute and six-week bans for each charge of disputing decisions, unsportsmanlike behaviour and gross breach of code.
The statement from the tribunal said it took into account evidence that Currie had a personal problem on the night of the offences which is still affecting his life when deciding on the penalty of five years and added the player would have received a life ban had those circumstances not been affecting his family.
Portland Basketball Association president Peter Gracias and administrator Raelene Skinner declined to comment at the time of going to print until they had an opportunity to see the official paperwork from the tribunal hearing, while PBA Referee Co-ordinator Kevin Farley could not be contacted at the time of going to print.