The National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago (NBFTT) has suspended two board members, pending a disciplinary hearing. Keith Clement, a board member, being the chairman of the Basketball Coaches Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BCATT) and Vice President ( Finance) Ikenna Joseph have both been suspended pending the outcome to give both parties a chance to prove their innocence.
According to NBFTT president Claire Mitchell, Mr Clement who is no stranger to being suspended by the NBFTT, was suspended for “bypassing the disciplinary process and putting the NBFTT into disrepute”, while Mr Joseph has been suspended “for overall breach of several protocols, gross disrespect and breach of confidentiality”. The board was unsuccessful in having the NBFTT president sent to the disciplinary committee, during a recent meeting. It was at that meeting, the two board members were then suspended, wavetvtt.com understands.
Calls to Ikenna Joseph went unanswered while Keith Clement indicated he will respond, but not at this time.
It has been an eventful week of basketball, as the NBFTT’s ongoing trials have been receiving attention from the political circle. On the weekend, opposition senator Anil Roberts claimed that basketball was receiving special treatment from the government to hold competitions during the covid 19 pandemic, when sports have not been given the greenlight to resume. Mr Roberts asserts that the trials, conducted by the NBFTT is a tournament disguised as national trials. He says the event has table officials and referees among other things that make it a competition. But the NBFTT maintains, they have been given the permission to conduct the trials as it was not a tournament. Wavetvtt.com visited the Maloney venue on Wednesday, but was met at the gate by an official, who explained, due to the trials being a closed door affair, in addition to observing the covid 19 protocols, only players and officials were allowed entry.
The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board, only on Saturday, completed their trial matches for the national under 19 team. Those trials were equipped with umpires, scorers and other officials to validate the scores, runs and performances of the players. The NBFTT official compared the cricket trials to the basketball trials and explained the basketball referees and scorers were also used to validate the performances of the players in order to have the selections fairly done.