Curt Miller, the Connecticut
Sun's head coach and general manager, was suspended from one game and fined by the WBNA this week after making a derogatory remark about a player's weight during a game.
During Sunday's game against the Las Vegas Aces, Miller allegedly attempted to get a call from an official and said to Aces player Liz Cambage, "Come on, she's 300 pounds."
Miller was fined $10,000 and suspended for one game as a result of the incident, according to the WNBA
Cambage responded to Miller's remark in an impassioned Instagram
Story right after the game, telling fans that "something went down" and that she'll "never let a man disrespect me, ever, ever, ever, especially a little white one."
“I’m sorry little sir man, I don’t know your name, but the next time you try to call out a referee... you know, trying to get a call being like, ‘Come on, she’s 300 pounds,’ I’m going to need you to get it right,” the 6-foot-8-inch athlete continued.
Cambage responded to Miller's remark by saying she's 235 pounds and "very proud" of it.
“Don’t ever try to disrespect me or another woman in the league,” she added. “I don’t know how coaches run. You try to disrespect women like that from the sideline? You’re so lucky it was during a game. That whole part. You’re so lucky I was doing my job.”
Miller was called "tiny" by Cambage, who advised him to "stop trying to protect your insecurities."
“It’s crazy to me that a coach from another team is yelling protected abuse at us because we can’t do anything back,” she said.
Liz Cambage responds on Instagram to Curt Miller #WNBA pic.twitter.com/IRTR7ESROJ — W Lead (@WNBALead) May 24, 2021
On Monday, Miller allegedly apologized to Cambage, telling reporters via Zoom
that "as a leader, words matter."
“It was inappropriate. It wasn’t directed at Liz, but it doesn’t matter. I’m disappointed in myself and truly sorry, remorseful,” he said. “In a league where we empower women, and I’ve spent 31 years empowering women, [my comment] was not just unacceptable.”
Miller later issued a statement in which he apologized for “what I said in the heat of the moment and want to sincerely apologize to Liz and the entire Aces organization; I understand the gravity of my words and have learned from this.”
Miller will be suspended during Tuesday's game against the Sun.