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Robert Smith: "The tape tells everything. It's not what (Nick Irvin) said."

01/17/2013, 9:45am CST
By Michael O'Brien mobrien@suntimes.com

Simeon coach Robert Smith speaks out about Wednesday's incident.

Simeon coach Robert Smith got a look at the Chicago Public Schools tape of the incident at the end of the Morgan Park-Simeon game Wednesday, and he said it doesn’t match Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin’s account of the event.

“The tape tells everything,” Smith said. “It's not what (Irvin) said. I'm not allowed to tell what happened on the tape, that is up to CPS. I didn’t want to pass judgement on their players or my players without seeing it.

“I thought it was a great game. Two of the best two teams in the state of Illinois battling it out against each other. I think Billy Garrett played really well last night for them. 

"Unfortunately at the end tempers got flaring. We don’t condone that here at Simeon. I’m pretty sure they don’t condone that at Morgan Park.”

Smith said that some of his younger players were shaken up in the locker room when they heard someone had been shot. 

“The kids were really concerned about if it happened over the game,” Smith said. “They were really concerned and wondering if it was any of their friends.

“We’ve been all over and we haven’t had this type of incident anywhere but at home. These kids understand a basketball game is nowhere for a gun to be, unless you are the police. To me, you are looking for trouble if you bring a gun.”

Smith also passed along condolences to the shooting victim.

“We want to give our condolences to the young man that was shot last night. That’s sad for Chicago. We need to get a hold of that fast. We are losing too many young men to senseless gunfire.”

Simeon hosts Julian tomorrow. The game will not be open to the public. 

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