The Women's National Basketball Association announced Monday that it has fined Connecticut Sun head coach Curt Miller $10,000 and suspended him for one game in response to a comment he made about Las Vegas Aces star Liz Cambage during a matchup between the two teams Sunday.
In a lengthy story posted to her Instagram following the game, Cambage excoriated Miller for making comment about her weight while allegedly trying to get a referee to make a foul call in the Sun's favor.
According to the player, Miller had yelled to the referee something along the lines of, "C'mon, she's 300 pounds."
But in her Instagram post, Cambage corrected Miller to say that she is actually 6-foot-8 and 235 pounds — and she knew that because she had allegedly just weighed herself "to be correct and get facts."
"And I'm very proud of being a big b***h," she noted.
"I will never let a man disrespect me, ever, ever, ever, especially a little white one," Cambage said, adding later in the video, "So don't ever try to disrespect me or another woman in the league."
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"You're so lucky that it was during a game," said Cambage who then threatened before continuing — apparently without any sense of irony — to do exactly what she alleged Miller to have done to her by body-shaming him.
"To that little man, like whole little, tiny — like 'where is you?' — stop trying to protect your insecurities," she said. "Pick up the phone, call the psych, 'cause you're projecting some bulls**t right now."
Miller, who also serves as general manager of the Sun, acknowledged and apologized for the comment in a statement Monday morning, according to ESPN.
"I made an inappropriate and offensive comment in reference to Liz Cambage's height and weight. I regret what I said in the heat of the moment and want to sincerely apologize to Liz and the entire Aces organization. I understand the gravity of my words and have learned from this," he said.
Miller will serve his suspension Tuesday in the Sun's game against the Seattle Storm.
The Sun's new president, Jennifer Rizzotti, also issued a statement Monday night on behalf the team, saying, "In no way do we condone any behavior or speech that is disparaging towards another person. Curt has apologized for his mistake and understands the gravity of his words."
In the Instagram video, Cambage differentiated Miller's comment from trash talk that often occurs between players during a game.
"But for a coach for another team, to be yelling, like, protected abuse. Because we can't do nothing back. It's just crazy to me," she said.