John Beilein apologizes for inadvertently calling Cavs players 'thugs' in meeting

John Beilein apologizes for inadvertently calling Cavs players 'thugs' in meeting

John Beilein apologizes for inadvertently calling Cavs players 'thugs' in meeting

The Cavs are 10-27 this season and among the worst teams in the East, something the organization expected due to the youth and inexperience within the roster.

John Beilein will remain as the Cavaliers' head coach after he apologized to the team prior to shootaround on Thursday for a remark he made during Wednesday's film session.

Beilein was a surprise hire by the rebuilding Cavaliers last spring after spending his entire coaching career in the college ranks - including a 12-year tenure at MI immediately prior to joining Cleveland.

"I was saying: 'We're making a lot of mistakes mentally, and we deserve better because we're really playing hard right now". Beilein reached out to each of his players individually to inform them that he misspoke.

General manager Koby Altman delayed a scouting trip and instead flew to Detroit to meet with the players Thursday morning, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reported, adding that Altman had discussed the situation with chairman Dan Gilbert.

According to a shocking report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowksi, Beilein reportedly referred to his players as thugs in a recent film session.

Love said Thursday he didn't think there was malice behind Beilein's comments, and forward Larry Nance Jr. echoed that sentiment.

"Absolutely", Nance said when a reporter asked if Beilein should keep his job. "That's why he doubled back afterward, but at the time it happened, it didn't catch me right away".

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