SBC hits Majesty Gardens hard
The Southern Basketball Conference (SBC) disciplinary committee has come down hard on Majesty Gardens for their spectators' unruly beha-viour following game three of the Worldnet SBC best-of-three western division final against Upper Room Church at Majesty Gardens courts last Saturday.
Opposing players and match officials were pelted with stones and other objects, one of which struck and injured an official.
The SBC sanctions include barring the court from staging any SBC matches until 2017, forfeiting team and player awards and incentives, as well as their third-place play-off against Exed Heats. They also have to pay a $15,000 fine. In addition, no player will be eligible for transfer and the club cannot enter any JABA/SBC approved events until the fine is paid.
Club secretary for Majesty Gardens, Chisena Campbell, says, although they take some blame, they are not totally at fault and that the sanctions are unfair to the players who had no role in inciting the incident or could have done very little to prevent what happened.
"I am disappointed with all of it (sanctions)," Campbell told The Gleaner. "I can understand the part where the (playing) court is banned. But the sanctions on the players basically keeps them here and that is kind of hard.
"I am not going to say that they are the most disciplined (players), but they have worked very hard to come this far. So even though it's not their fault, the way the sanctions are placed, it makes it seems as if it is all their fault and it wasn't."
Campbell said they would lobby for a softening of the sanctions.
"This team has tried really hard to get a little credit and I think they just took back everything with all these sanctions.
"Sports is the main thing in the community, the guys were doing well ... but this (incident) has put a damper on all of that and we have to start all over again," she said.
According to the SBC, they will be working to improve relations and community development and have also mandated the club to host at least two community sensitisation sessions. The Gleaner was unable to get to SBC president Calvin Martin, who is off the island with the Special Olympics team.