North High School fires boys varsity basketball coach

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - North High School varsity boys' basketball coach Matt Morin was fired Monday before the team's game against West High School. 

Morin told 17 News he thinks it's because he was sticking up for his players, most of whom are black. Morin added it's also because some of his players were involved in the fights that took place a couple weeks ago on campus.

Morin spoke with 17 Sports Director Nick James Monday night after he gathered his thoughts. 

"I teach my guys not to take any crap and defend themselves, I just don't see that it's right that they should be punished for defending themselves---at the same time, them getting suspended and then having to sit at the end of my bench in street clothes and further objecting them to what's going on." Morin said.

17 News reached out to the Kern High School District for comment, and they released this statement:

"North High School (NHS) administration has decided to go in a different direction and are grateful for Coach Morin's service. The NHS administration will be meeting with players, parents, and coaches moving forward."

Morin was in his third season at North High School.

Junior varsity coach Casey Walker is the acting interim coach for the time being.

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