WNBL coach Paul Goriss and referee Simon Cosier banned for exchanging footage of rival club’s training session
The Opals’ Asia Cup coach Paul Goriss has been banned for a month and referee Simon Cosier axed for the rest of the WNBL season after the pair exchanged confidential footage of a rival club’s training session.
Basketball Australia claims Simon Cosier supplied Paul Goriss with footage of a Sydney Uni Flames training session
And independent panel found UC Capitals coach Goriss obtained no advantage, but still reccomended suspensions
BA chairman John Carey said “we will not tolerate this behaviour in basketball”
Basketball Australia announced that University of Canberra Capitals coach Goriss and Cosier had been found guilty of engaging in prohibited conduct under Basketball Australia’s framework for ethical behaviour and integrity.
BA claim Cosier supplied Goriss with confidential video clips of the Sydney Uni Flames’ training session that had been used for referee education purposes.
Following a BA investigation, the matter was referred to an independent panel that found no actual advantage was obtained by Goriss nor the UC Capitals.
But the panel still recommended bans for the pair, with a BA statement claiming they were “misusing inside information and engaging in conduct that would impair public confidence in the integrity and good character of basketball and its participants”.
“This incident was immediately referred to the (BA) integrity unit who undertook a full investigation and referred the matter to an independent hearing panel,” BA chairman John Carey said.
“We will not tolerate this behaviour in basketball.
Goriss coached the Opals to an impressive bronze at the recent Asia Cup and has been an assistant to head coach Sandy Brondello in recent years.
He has been banned from any coaching activities with his WNBL club or the national program until January 20, with the WNBL’s regular season running until late March.