Oakland, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Golden State Warriors fired assistant coach Darren Erman for secretly recording conversations between the team’s coaches and players, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
According to sources, Erman, who was coach Mark Jackson’s second assistant, would record coaches’ meetings, meetings between the coaches and players, and informal discussions among coaches that took place in the team’s coaches room — all without the participants’ knowledge.
“He was taping everything,” one source said. “Taping pregame speeches wouldn’t have been that bad, but he was taping guys just sitting around talking in the coaches’ office.”
Sometimes Erman would be present during the tapings. There were times that he would leave the room and leave his phone behind to record conversations the other coaches were having.
It is unclear what Erman did with the recordings. The sources weren’t sure whether he shared them with the club’s owners or front-office executives.
“Was he taping it for himself or was he taping it for management? That’s not known,” a source said. “But he had a lot of communication with members of the front office.”
Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics hired Erman to be their NBA director of scouting,
The Warriors’ other coaches began noticing a change in Erman’s demeanor and behavior in March, a source said. A few weeks later, they discovered that he was recording them.
After being caught, Erman admitted that he had been recording the conversations for three weeks. Jackson kept Erman on his staff for another week before Warriors’ management fired him on April 5.
Before Erman’s dismissal, the team demoted first-year assistant Brian Scalabrine to the club’s D-League affiliate in Santa Cruz.