ESPN reports that Darren Erman, the Warriors assistant coach fired three weeks ago for violating company policy, was secretly recording conversations between coaches, staff, and players.
It turns out that Erman's violation was secretly recording conversations between the team's coaches and players, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Darren Erman violated team rules by secretly recording conversations between the team's coaches and players, according to sources.
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 whether he shared them with the club's owners or front-office executives.
"Was he taping it for himself or was he taping it for management? That's not known," a source said. "But he had a lot of communication with members of the front office."
That's definitely a fireable offense, and depending on how California law is interpreted, could be illegal.
The whole story is bizarre. What happened in March? Why was he recording conversations? What's up with the line about "shared them with the club's owners or front-office executives?" There's been tension over Mark Jackson's job security with ownership and the front office for months.
Either way, Yahoo Sports reports that the Celtics have re-hired Erman. So someone doesn't feel that what he did was so out of line as to not deserve another job. And while the controversy storms over the Clippers, a perplexing situation north of LA continues to demand the question:
What is going on with the Warriors?