The biggest debate after the first day of the 2019 NCAA tournament was about Michigan State coach Tom Izzo furiously screaming at Aaron Henry during the Spartans’ first-round win against Bradley, 76-65. Henry’s teammates had to step between the two.
It had talking heads and fans on Twitter debating whether it was right to act like that toward a player for a teaching moment — Henry himself endorsed a Cris Carter take on “First Things First” (he was fine with what Izzo did) with a tweet of a bulls-eye emoji.
Charles Barkley weighed in during Friday’s pre-tournament TV broadcast, calling out people — specifically, experts “on other networks” — who criticized Izzo:
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“One of the reasons Tom Izzo is one of my favorite coaches (is) he coaches his team. I was so disappointed to hear all these jackasses on other networks complaining about a coach coaching his team,” Barkley said.
“Coach Izzo, you keep doing your thing. It’s all right for a coach to yell at a player. When did we get to a point where every time a coach yells at a player, it becomes a national emergency?”