Steve Alford regrets '02 comments

Updated: April 11, 2013, 4:27 PM ET
By Peter Yoon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA men's basketball coach Steve Alford on Thursday apologized for the way he handled the Pierre Pierce sexual assault case while he was coach at Iowa in 2002.

At the time, Alford publicly defended Pierce, an Iowa player, before the case had run its course through legal channels.

"I instinctively and mistakenly came to his defense before knowing all the facts," Alford said in a statement released by UCLA. "I wanted to believe he was innocent, and in response to a ...

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