GAINESVILLE – American Basketball Association CEO Joe Newman said Thursday the league will try to help the Gainesville Heat play a complete schedule despite the arrest yesterday of head coach Joshua Randolph.
Randolph turned himself in to Oakwood Police yesterday after being charged with theft, forgery and deposit account fraud. He is being held on a $28,000 bond.
Randolph said the charges are all a big misunderstanding and that he’s innocent. In a Facebook posting, he claimed the league supports him.
But Newman quickly refuted that claim. He said not only is it not true, but that he notified Randolph that he is suspended from the league effective immediately.
“Players, coaches, staff, the city, sponsors and especially fans have really been taken advantage of,” Newman said. “It’s like Bernie Madoff,” Newman told the Gainesville Times. “The city of Gainesville has been burned, and the ABA will do whatever it can to try to alleviate this.”
Newman added that players and coaches, including assistant coach Mike Martin, will try to continue operations for the team.
The Heat was to have kicked off its first season today in Tampa, Fla.
“There’s been a rally to support the team, and we’re working hard to move forward,” Newman said. “We are waiving any current fees due the ABA and will adjust their schedule if necessary.”
Copyright Glory 1330 2013