''I spoke with her briefly today, and we laid out some things on paper,'' Williams told The Associated Press Wednesday. ''Until the terms we laid out are agreed upon and signed, sealed and met, she is still suspended.''
Williams indicated that he did not know whether or not McCoughtry would sign the list of demands prior to the team's shootaround on Thursday.
Atlanta suffered a rare home loss to the Tulsa Shock on Tuesday in Williams' debut as head coach. The team announced just prior to tip off on Tuesday that McCoughtry had been suspended indefinitely for the violation of team rules. The timing odd given that 24 hours earlier the Dream had announced the departure of head coach and general manager Marynell Meadors who looked like the loser in a power struggle with the All-Star.
The Atlanta Dream suffered an 84-80 loss to the Tulsa Shock Tuesday night but most of the questions after the game were about the status of All-Star forward Angel McCoughtry. News broke shortly before tipoff that McCoughtry had been suspended by the team indefinitely for a violation of team rules. This news comes just one day after the team parted ways with head coach and general manager Marynell Meadors and replaced her with Fred Williams.
Reporter: Is she or is she not suspended from the team right now? Williams: She's suspended indefinitely right now until I have a conversation and until we can clear some things in the air.
Williams goes on to add that he suspended McCoughtry right after taking over as head coach and general manager. However, neither he nor the team can agree on whether or not McCoughtry was suspended by Meadors. If you remember McCoughtry missed two games last week for what was deemed "personal reasons."
Reporter: Was she suspended prior to you taking over the team?
Williams: No. Not from me.
Reporter: Was she suspended by the prior coach?
Williams: By the prior coach? Yes, she was suspended by the prior coach, yes. (*)
So Williams maintains that McCoughtry was in fact suspended by Meadors prior to his taking over the club but Swish Appeal writer James Bowman was later contacted by the team's Senior Director of Marketing and Communications Tonya Alleyne and told that there was no prior suspension for McCoughtry under former coach Marynell Meadors.
To recap, Angel McCoughtry is currently suspended indefinitely by the team for a violation of team rules but will meet with new head coach Fred Williams on Wednesday. She may or may not have been suspended prior to Williams taking over for Marynell Meadors. At this time there is still no further details as to what led to Meadors' dismissal.
After some initial confusion, the Atlanta Dream confirmed that Angel McCoughtry has been suspended from the team indefinitely for the violation of team rules. The suspension was handed down on Tuesday by new head coach and general manager Fred Williams according to team spokeswomen Tonya Allene.
An AP report states that McCoughtry was openly critical of former coach Marynell Meadors' game plan in Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Lynx after the game. McCoughtry came off the bench against the Lynx after sitting out two straight games for what was called "personal reasons" by the team.
McCoughtry was informed of the suspension on Tuesday and was not in the building when her teammates arrived for Tuesday's game against the Shock.
The team did not go into detail on what team rules had been violated by McCoughtry but it is clear that things were not good between her and Meadors after the two returned from the Olympics.
Its been a distraction filled week for the Atlanta Dream and perhaps all of that caught up with them in an 84-80 loss to the Tulsa Shock. In addition to Tuesday night being the debut of new head coach and general manager, it was reported just before tip off that All-Star forward Angel McCoughtry had been suspended by the team indefinitely.
Despite that news, Atlanta got off to a great start in the game and led 47-30 at one point in the second quarter. The Shock closed the half on a run and cut the deficit to just 51-44 at the half. Atlanta's offense was stymied by Tulsa's zone defense for much of the second half as they played right into the Shock's hands by settling for long contested three point attempts.
The Dream was outscored 23-11 in the third quarter but rallied again in the fourth. Cathrine Kraayevel's three-pointer with 12.6 remaining cut the lead to 81-80 but a late turnover by Sancho Lyttle ended the threat. Atlanta hit just 6 of 26 attempts from beyond the arc.
Six different Atlanta Dream players scored in double figures led by Erika de Souza's 16. Sancho Lyttle added 14 while Armintie Price chipped in 13. Kraayeveld came off the bench to score 11 while Lindsey Harding and Tiffany Hayes finished with 10 each.
Roneeka Hodges led all scorers with 20 points while Temeka Johnson added 17. The win was Tulsa's fifth of the season and their first on the road.
The hiring of Fred Williams as Atlanta Dream head coach and general manager was announced Monday afternoon but details are scarce on the departure of Marynell Meadors. A tweet by Women's Olympic head coach and current Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma seems to suggest that the move was made because of the growing conflict with star player Angel McCoughtry.
McCoughtry missed two games last week for what was called "personal reasons" by the team. Her actions however seemed to suggest otherwise when she did not sit with her teammates in a win over the Chicago Sky. McCoughtry chose to watch that game from across the court and in front of the Sky bench. McCoughtry didn't make the team's trip to Washington but rejoined the team in time for Sunday's game against the Lynx.
It was during that game that it was reported that McCoughtry was stripped of her captaincy by the team and she came off the bench with rookie Tiffany Hayes taking her place in the starting lineup.