Less than 48 hours after reports surfaced that former police Chief Greg Suhr would consult for the Golden State Warriors on security, the basketball team and former head cop have parted ways.
Suhr, who resigned as The City’s chief in May 2016 after the third fatal police shooting in less than six months, was slated to become the team’s head of security.
“The Warriors and former San Francisco Police Department Chief Greg Suhr have mutually agreed to cease his consultant arrangement with the organization, effective immediately,” said a team statement on the matter. “The Warriors had recently put Suhr on retainer to advise the organization regarding certain security matters related to the team’s groundbreaking ceremony occurring in San Francisco next Tuesday.”
Suhr also made a statement on the decision, which was forwarded to the San Francisco Examiner by the team.
“The last thing I want to do is cause a distraction for the Warriors during this incredibly positive time for the team and organization,” said Suhr. “I think this is in the best interest of everyone.”
It was not immediately clear why Suhr and the team parted ways so soon after announcing they planned to work together.
But the announcement had prompted a lot of social media chatter on the matter, including a tweet by team guard Andre Andre Iguodala — “On it” — which may have been prompted by comments from fans.
The move also angered activists, at least one of whom had pressured Mayor Ed Lee to fire Suhr after the killing of Mario Woods in December 2015, to call out the team’s decision.
Edwin Lindo, one of the Frisco Five who staged a hunger strike to oust Suhr, said the hiring of Suhr by the Warriors was a mistake.
“I am shocked & disappointed you hired Greg Suhr to join your security team. Under his watch the @SFPD was violent & racist,” Lindo posted on Twitter.
New York Daily News columnist and vocal police critic Shaun King posted on Twitter about the move as well.
“A mess. The @warriors are propping up police brutality and misconduct with this hire,” tweeted King. “Dear @warriors, I’m a fan. Did you really hire San Francisco’s disgraced Chief of Police, Greg Suhr, who was fired, as a security adviser?”
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