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Holy Family University Coach John O’Connor Shoves, Kicks Player Matt Kravchuk (Video)

Bob Knight did some crazy things during his Hall of Fame career as a college basketball coach, but even he had limits. He may have tapped a player under the chin and thrown an occasional chair, but I can never remember him assaulting a player to the extent that John O’Connor assaulted Matt Kravchuk of his Holy Family University men’s basketball team.

Kravchuk, a sophomore, was participating in an intense 1-on-1 rebounding drill in late January when O’Connor lost his cool and shoved him over, causing him to hurt his wrist and drawing blood from his mouth.  O’Connor has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation, but after seeing Fox 29 in Philly’s exclusive footage of the incident it would be tough to imagine the coach not getting in serious trouble with the university and the law.  Check it out:

Once you see the video, there really isn’t much that needs to be said.  The swearing and yelling is one thing, hitting a player like that is another.  Now that a video is floating around, we can expect the typical apology from O’Connor once he realizes there’s no way to restore his image — one that shouldn’t be accepted.  O’Connor will likely say he made a mistake, but someone with that type of temper doesn’t deserve to be a coach.  If Holy Family University doesn’t realize that, the police should.


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  • Anonymous

    I played for Johnny O at Drexel and I think this video is a joke. I can see why a head coach with his job on the line would have a problem with a kid that played and acted like such a cupcake. He did not kick him he simply shoved him with his foot to get him moving…If Coach O went after a ball in a drill that I was in he would be the one bleeding. Get a grip kid this is a man’s sport…

  • Anonymous

    Good old “Coach O” blindsided this kid with a shoulder to the chin. Probably he didn’t mean to hurt the player that badly, but either way he was not in control of himself. This is not what coaching is about. Also the kid is obviously not acting like a “cupcake” in this video. What the commenter du3232du is saying about going after a ball is indecipherable . No one is going after anything when “Johnny O” clocks the kid in the face. O’Connor is pathetic if this is how he reacts to his job being on the line. And it’s sad people like du3232du see manhood defined in this kind of selfish and cowardly crap.

  • Anonymous

    Tiger2525 – it is pretty obvious that you never played a Division I sport or high school for that matter. The game is very intense and a coaches job depends on 27-21 year old kids and you need them to play with a certain level of focus and intensity. Coach O weighs about a buck sixt five and he put this kid on his ass…if my job depended on a kid that was playing as soft as this kid I would be nervous as well. Lastly, How bad does this kid look to other coaches that may be interested in taking him as a transfer? He gets knocked out of practice for two weeks with a sprained wrist from Coach O..trust me if this kid was playing against me and he is capable of getting hurt from O, he would be in real trouble attempting to play me…

  • Anonymous

    Well dudu, what’s obvious to you and that thing called reality probably don’t have much in common most of the time. Wow, you know some really old college basketball players! Sure, I understand “Coach O” is your big hero. Probably would be if he pulled a gun and shot a kid in the chest. Blind allegiance. Fine. So I take it you were there since you seems to know FAR more than what the video shows. Phone call to old Coach O? I’m sure he or one of his intimidated players gave you the straight dope. I see you’re pretty much your own hero, too. Unfortunately your amazing skills didn’t propel you into the NBA, but I’m sure you were great! Again, it’s not coaching when you lose control. You are supposed to be the one in control. In a game a player doing that would likely be ejected. Clotheslining someone under the chin? From a blindside? That’s not allowed in football for God’s sake. Don’t give me that tough stuff. Yes, it’s really sad when guys like you praise and defend manhood based on anger and cheap shots. Really sad.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah du. Where did you play Div I hoops? At an old folks home?

  • Anonymous

    philly…the du-meister claims he played at Drexel, although I was under the impression most players come out of high school at 18 and play four years. That would make them18 to 23-years-old factoring in red-shirting. Average age then around 21 to 22. But 21-27? Talk about a guy being desperate to make a point. I don’t know, maybe dudu played in the Drexel Seniors League. You know, like the have in golf. Or maybe he’s really old himself and really confused. Brutal.

  • Anonymous

    philly and tiger – sorry to take so long to respond to your post. I graduated from DU in 2001. My last name is Kouser – look it up. I am not defending Coach O’s actions and I hope he learns a lesson from this…However, I do not like to see a guy who put his time in, paid his dues worked his way through the ranks and lose his job over this..Basketball is a physical sport and things like this happen. We are not talking high school or junior high, this is college basketball. MEN’S CBB and these kids need to learn, it is not easy and sacrifices need to be made in order to win. It seems to me that his current players are defending him…Why would that be??? Could it be that this kid had a bad attitude, complained all the time, hurt the team and the rest of the team was tired of his act? He is pressing charges over a bloody lip…Come on kid, you are getting a hundred thousand dollar scholarship…Man up – don’t hide behind an attorney –

  • Anonymous

    If you’re a sissy don’t play sport!!! Play the Wii instead lol
    I watched the ABC interview, it looks like this kid was into it for the money now. It took 2 weeks for him to realized that… he needed a lawyer!?
    du3232du, you show true sportsmanship and you handle it well under pressure. I can clearly see tiger25 and phillysport are openly mocking you but you still remain calm. That’s classy :)