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Ashley McElhiney, the first female coach of a men's pro basketball team, was fired Saturday after an on-court dispute with the co-owner of the Nashville Rhythm of the ABA.

 

Co-owner and CEO Sally Anthony was unhappy that McElhiney was playing Matt Freije after Anthony instructed that he be benched.

 

The argument over the former Vanderbilt star's playing time began during the third quarter and apparently escalated when Anthony attempted to remove McElhiney as coach during the team's 110-109 win over the Kansas City Knights. Anthony was eventually restrained by security guards and taken off the floor.

 

''I called my coach a couple of hours before the game and said, 'I don't want him playing,''' Anthony told The Tennessean after the game. ''She ignored me. I walked onto the court and said I'm her boss and she needed to bench him.''

 

McElhiney declined comment when reached at her home on Sunday by The Associated Press.

 

The team is 17-7 under the 23-year-old, a former point guard for Vanderbilt.

 

Anthony, a singer who also has her own record label and a Web site promoting female artists, said she was just trying to protect her players.

 

''My co-owner and my GM decided to pay Matt Freije to have the name here,'' she said. ''He came in for two games. Our players are struggling financially.''

 

According to Anthony, Freije, Vanderbilt's all-time leading scorer, was paid $10,000 to play two games for the Rhythm.

 

Anthony also had a message for members of her staff and players who might dispute her actions.

 

''If they're willing to stick their neck out for Ashley, and that would be dumb, I would fold the team right now,'' she said. ''If I say no it should be no. She's done. She's fired.''

 

Assistant coach Scott Flatt said in a statement the team still considers McElhiney its head coach: ''Sally was one of three owners acting alone. As far as we're concerned Ashley is the coach of the team right now.''

 

The other owners listed on the Nashville Rhythm's Web site are Justin Christian and Tony Bucher.

 

http://www.mcall.com/sports/all-sptdigestj...=all-sports-hed

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so freije was brought in by the owner, then she wanted him to sit so bad she got on the court and fired the coach?

 

this is too stupid to be true, gotta be a stunt

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No.

 

 

He signed a 2 game contract. He played his two games. But he showed up to play a third, but it was not in the contract for him to play a third. So the owner told the coach not to play him. But she did anyway.

 

If Bobby Bonilla showed up tomorrow and Jack started him at first after Loria told him not to yet he did anyway, what do you think would happen?

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so freije was brought in by the owner, then she wanted him to sit so bad she got on the court and fired the coach?

 

this is too stupid to be true, gotta be a stunt

674010[/snapback]

 

No.

 

 

He signed a 2 game contract. He played his two games. But he showed up to play a third, but it was not in the contract for him to play a third. So the owner told the coach not to play him. But she did anyway.

 

If Bobby Bonilla showed up tomorrow and Jack started him at first after Loria told him not to yet he did anyway, what do you think would happen?

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That was a bizarre example.

 

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so freije was brought in by the owner, then she wanted him to sit so bad she got on the court and fired the coach?

 

this is too stupid to be true, gotta be a stunt

674010[/snapback]

 

No.

 

 

He signed a 2 game contract. He played his two games. But he showed up to play a third, but it was not in the contract for him to play a third. So the owner told the coach not to play him. But she did anyway.

 

If Bobby Bonilla showed up tomorrow and Jack started him at first after Loria told him not to yet he did anyway, what do you think would happen?

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oh ok, didnt realize freijes time was up

 

this is still wild, a coach getting fired on the court is crazy

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so freije was brought in by the owner, then she wanted him to sit so bad she got on the court and fired the coach?

 

this is too stupid to be true, gotta be a stunt

674010[/snapback]

 

No.

 

 

He signed a 2 game contract. He played his two games. But he showed up to play a third, but it was not in the contract for him to play a third. So the owner told the coach not to play him. But she did anyway.

 

If Bobby Bonilla showed up tomorrow and Jack started him at first after Loria told him not to yet he did anyway, what do you think would happen?

674080[/snapback]

oh ok, didnt realize freijes time was up

 

this is still wild, a coach getting fired on the court is crazy

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It's the Miami Heat's fault, really...

 

They waived Freije...

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so freije was brought in by the owner, then she wanted him to sit so bad she got on the court and fired the coach?

 

this is too stupid to be true, gotta be a stunt

674010[/snapback]

 

No.

 

 

He signed a 2 game contract. He played his two games. But he showed up to play a third, but it was not in the contract for him to play a third. So the owner told the coach not to play him. But she did anyway.

 

If Bobby Bonilla showed up tomorrow and Jack started him at first after Loria told him not to yet he did anyway, what do you think would happen?

674080[/snapback]

oh ok, didnt realize freijes time was up

 

this is still wild, a coach getting fired on the court is crazy

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especially considering that owner is one of 3 owners with equal parts of the team.

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so freije was brought in by the owner, then she wanted him to sit so bad she got on the court and fired the coach?

 

this is too stupid to be true, gotta be a stunt

674010[/snapback]

 

No.

 

 

He signed a 2 game contract. He played his two games. But he showed up to play a third, but it was not in the contract for him to play a third. So the owner told the coach not to play him. But she did anyway.

 

If Bobby Bonilla showed up tomorrow and Jack started him at first after Loria told him not to yet he did anyway, what do you think would happen?

674080[/snapback]

oh ok, didnt realize freijes time was up

 

this is still wild, a coach getting fired on the court is crazy

674087[/snapback]

It's the Miami Heat's fault, really...

 

They waived Freije...

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New Orleans should've kept him. At least, he played there.

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