Fired Warriors Assistant Coach Was Secretly Recording Conversations


While all the focus has been on the Clippers drama since the leak of a conversation between owner Donald Sterling and his girlfriend. The Golden State Warriors are still dealing with the fall out of their own drama. Earlier this month assistant coach Darren Erman was fired. The reason was vague, only stating that he was in extreme violation of team policy.

Now comes word that Erman’s violation was that he was secretly recording conversations between the team’s coaches and players, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Sources said 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. Other times, 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.”

What is going on with all the “secret recordings” in the NBA right now. People need to understand that it is ILLEGAL to record a conversation without the person’s knowledge. Having said that, I wonder what his motivation was.