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Report: Warriors assistant coach Darren Erman fired for secretly recording conversations

Apr 29, 2014, 10:10 AM EDT

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Late in the season, the Warriors lost two assistant coaches due to mysterious circumstances.

Brian Scalabrine was demoted to the D-League, and Darren Erman was fired. No reason was given for either move.

But now we have some information on Erman.

Chris Broussard of ESPN:

Sources said Erman, who was coach Mark Jackson’s second assistant, would record coaches’ meetings, meetings between the coaches and players, and informal discussions among coaches that took place in the team’s coaches room — all without the participants’ knowledge.

“He was taping everything,” one source said. “Taping pregame speeches wouldn’t have been that bad, but he was taping guys just sitting around talking in the coaches’ office.”

Sometimes Erman would be present during the tapings. Other times, he would leave the room and leave his phone behind to record conversations the other coaches were having.

It is unclear what Erman did with the recordings. The sources weren’t sure if he shared them with the club’s owners or front office executives.

Yup, that would be a fireable offense. Thanks to an unrelated matter, I now know it would even be illegal.

We haven’t heard Erman’s side, but even if he did exactly what Broussard’s source claims, this isn’t an unforgivable offense.

Creepy? Yes. Wrong? Yes. Requiring of remorse? Yes.

But if Erman responds properly, it shouldn’t end his NBA career. And apparently it won’t.

Erman, who previously worked for the Celtics before joining Golden State, has a new job.

Update: Wojnarowski:

In the aftermath of his departure from the Warriors, which league sources say stemmed from a single taped conversation of Warriors coaches who had been working to undermine his game preparation and relationships with players, Erman accepted the job to return to Boston where his NBA coaching career began in 2007.

Before agreeing to rejoin the Celtics, Erman had job opportunities that included rejoining Doc Rivers with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources said.

  1. phillyguyindc - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Oh boy. Here we go. Hope those tapes don’t make it to TMZ.

  2. phillyguyindc - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    If he was in fact sharing them with Front Office folk, it could be a piece of why Jackson was seemlingly on the hot seat this season.

  3. azarkhan - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Funny how Mark Jackson has no problem with the secret, illegal taping of Donald Sterling, but when someone secretly records him, it’s a firing offense.

    • spursareold - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      Paranoia may destroy ya…

    • capya - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Nice try, but if you’re paying attention, Sterling requested that his girlfriend record his conversations. So… not exactly secret, and certainly not illegal. And definitely not as slimey as ‘accidentally’ forgetting your phone in the room when you leave, so you can see what people are saying about you when you’re gone.

      Please try again.

  4. stayhigh_247 - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    what the hell is going on in the Bay area? That front office is a mess.

    • spursareold - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      The front office is probably as good as it’s been in a while. Jackson is slipping into paranioa and shooting at anything that moves. I personally think he’s a goner.

  5. djlexluger - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Did Mark Jackson ever say that he was ok with Donald Sterling being taped? No one wants to have private conversations recorded doesn’t change the fact that Donald Sterling is a disgusting bigot.

  6. jobotjones - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Figures he would go back to Boston, I’m sure a certain football coach there put him onto the idea!

    On a more serious note, F— Boston!

  7. ranfan12 - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    One does not simply demote the GOAT to the D-League.

  8. reastnt - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    He learned from the best – George Costanza.

  9. ravenswhat - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    I would never hire this guy. You can’t trust him!!

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