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Friday May 8th, 2015

Posted at 12:10pm

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File photo of Express head coach Bill Jones

The NBL Canada Board of Governors have decided on fines and punishments after a review of the investigation into the altercation preceding the forfeit of Game 7 by the Halifax Rainmen

Windsor Express Head Coach Bill Jones has been suspended for one year and must pay a $4,000 fine.

Windsor Express Guard Tony Bennett has been uspended indefinitely pending further review.

Halifax Assistant Coach Pedro Monteiro also received an additional fine of $4,000.

“There’s no doubt that there were multiple errors in judgement on both sides on the morning of April 30th that led to the game not being played,” said Board spokesman Vito Frijia. “We felt it was our obligation as directors to show that the league will not tolerate a coach initiating a physical altercation with a player.”

“With regards to Mr. Bennett the report had inconclusive testimony, and so we have suspended him from the league until we can ascertain his, and other individuals’, testimony who have not yet replied.”

“We are looking forward to our owner’s meeting next Thursday in Toronto to work together to start planning our 2015-16 season, as well as establishing measures to strengthen the league.”

The Windsor Express were awarded the 2015 NBL Championship over the Halifax Rainmen after the Rainmen coaches and players chose not to play Game 7, resulting in a forfeit.

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