Players, Fans and Supporters Cheated out of Championship
(Halifax, N.S. ) All of the ingredients were in place for a championship win yet Halifax Rainmen players, fans and supporters did not have the chance to celebrate what would have been the ideal culmination of a banner season.
"We were cheated," said team Owner and President Andre Levingston as he addressed media and fans earlier today. "We played 6 intense and physical games, but I was 100% confident that the players were safe. There was no need to forfeit the game."
After an altercation at the WFCU Centre the morning game 7 was to be played, Mr. Claros decided the team would not play because of safety concerns. "He was offered a sit down meeting between teams, and enhanced police presence, and 3 new officials ready to call any unethical conduct and he still refused," added Levingston. "This has damaged our team and our league beyond what any monetary fine can impose."
Levingston continued by expressing his hope that the lifetime ban on the players involved would be lifted so he could welcome back the young men who embodied the Rainmen spirit both on and off the court.
"We have a lot of work to do to re-gain the support of our fans and the league has to address the gaps in discipline that played a part in this incident. I welcome any ideas and input from fans as well as my board and advisors on how to ensure next season is the biggest and best yet.
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