GREENSBORO, N.C. — Two years after his controversial statement started a firestorm in the Gate City, Syracuse head men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim made his return to Greensboro.
Wednesday, Boeheim was at the Greensboro Coliseum for the 2019 Greensboro Sports Council Fred Barakat Sports Dinner. The event raised money for the Matt Brown Learn-to-Swim Endowment.
In 2017, Boeheim was addressing the media after his team's second-round loss to Miami in the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn.
When asked about his thoughts on the tournament's location, Boeheim gave a quote that was immediately heard hundreds of miles away in Greensboro.
"There's no value in playing [the men's ACC Tournament in] Greensboro, none," Boeheim told the media at Barclays Center. "It's there because the league's been there, and the office is there, and they have 150 people that the ACC needs. That's why it's there. It should not be there."
During Wednesday's event, Boeheim took questions from Raycom Sports announcer Tom Werme, but first, he addressed his quote from 2017.
"I do apologize for that quote," he said. "Because it was not a true quote."
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee also discussed the controversy with the media before dinner Wednesday night.
"I like Greensboro," he said. "I've been saying that since I said what I said. But, that was a professional thing, that was just a business thing, I thought. In honesty, when we came to Greensboro, we were treated better here than any of the events we've been in."
Greensboro Sports Council president Val Edson also presented Boeheim with a donation to the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation during the event.
Boeheim and the Orange will return to the Greensboro Coliseum in March for the 2020 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament.