PHILADELPHIA -- Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli apologized on Monday for calling a St. Bonaventure fan a "moron" and
"I've known all year that this would be a challenge for my team
to conduct themselves in a manner befitting our standing and the
attention that we're getting," Martelli said during a conference
call. "And as the head coach, I need to set that example. My focus
is now directly on Temple, and I would prefer that this situation
be put behind me."
Martelli's exchange with the fan, Mary Palmer, came with 4
minutes left in the first half of the No. 3 Hawks' 114-63 win over
Palmer yelled out, questioning why the Hawks were pressing the
Bonnies despite enjoying a 25-point lead.
Martelli snapped back, yelling, "Shut up, you nitwit." A few
seconds later he turned around again and added: "You should be
embarrassed by your own team, you moron."
Afterward, Martelli was still irked, saying he kept pressing
because the Bonnies were still competing.
Martelli said he wrote a letter of apology to Palmer and would
try to call her on Monday.
"The story should've been about great fan support, supporting
their team, along with an extraordinary performance by my team not
my reaction to a fan," Martelli said.
The Hawks (17-0, 7-0 Atlantic-10) try and extend their
school-record win streak Saturday at Temple.