Storm appeals coach’s suspension

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The Island Storm may be without head coach Joe Salerno if a suspension by the National Basketball League of Canada sticks.

The league suspended Salerno Saturday for two games and fined him $200 for allegedly verbally abusing an official and contacting an official Dec. 27 in  Moncton.

The Storm appealed the decision on Sunday, allowing Salerno to coach until the appeal is heard. Salerno coached in Sunday’s loss to the Miracles in Moncton.

Salerno said Monday he wouldn’t talk about the incident until after the appeal is heard.

“I’m not going to comment. I’m not supposed to until the appeal process runs its course,” Salerno said on Monday.

The Storm’s next game is Saturday versus the league-champion London Lightning (15-6). It’s a rematch of last year’s championship series. Game time is 7 p.m. at Eastlink Centre.

Salerno may be on the sidelines for that game depending on the time frame for the appeal process, but the third-year head coach admitted he has no idea how long the process will be.

“It could take a day, it could take a week. It’s the first time we as a team have filed any type of appeal in our two-and-a-half years in the league. We’re waiting to hear the outcome.”

The Storm (11-10) practice Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 3 p.m., at UPEI.

Organizations: National Basketball League of Canada, Eastlink Centre

Geographic location: Moncton

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