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Korean Basketball Coach Under Fire

Apparently in South Korean basketball, it’s not a good idea to talk back to your coach. During a timeout in Sunday’s Korean Basketball League game between the league’s defending champion Ulsan Mobis Phoebus and Anyang KGC, Ulsan coach Yoo Jae-hak, who is also the Korean national men’s team basketball coach, took exception to forward Ham Ji-hoon’s comments and ordered his mouth taped shut while also hurling expletives at the player.

Local Internet portals and Facebook were abuzz after the game calling the coaches actions not only excessive, but a violation of the players human rights. Ham, a former national team player, obliged much to the look of shock of American players Rod Benson and Greg Stevenson, which can be seen in the accompanying video.

The coach denied the allegations of human rights abuse, saying that he made a mistake and will be more careful in the future.

Ulsan won the game 84-74 to remain tied for first with the Seoul SK Knights.

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