Tennessee guard Diamond DeShields (11) puts up a shot as she's defended by South Carolina forward A'ja Wilson (22) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
Photo: Wade Payne
Photo: Wade Payne

Famous father critical of former Norcross star's coach

Former Norcross High School basketball star Diamond DeShields probably already knew who her biggest fan was.

But now Twitter users do too.

The Tennessee basketball forward's father, former major-league baseball player Delino DeShields, has apologized for posting comments critical of Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick during a 62-56 loss to South Carolina Monday night.

Diamond DeShields scored 21 points in the 24 minutes she played in the 40-minute game. She has started only 12 of 25 games this season.

During Monday's game, her father made these observations on Twitter:

"@Lady Vol_Hoops Good coaching recognize bad coaching"

"Oh ... Now you put her in!?!?!''

"@HollyWarlick trying to beat the best without her best players on the court! #sad"

"@Lady Vol_Hoops if Holly don't put @DDDeshields back n the game!!!! What are you doing?"

Tennessee is 15-10 this season.

Delino DeShields tweeted an apology to coach Warlick and the Lady Vols Tuesday, but added: "I'm not writing this to back away from my comments. What's done is done. But my delivery was terrible and totally out of character. I'm part of the coaching fraternity and should know better. A lot of people have chimed in, but those who really know me KNOW that I want nothing but the best for Holly, her staff, and all the young lady's associated with that program. Hopefully, we can all grow (from) this.''

Delino DeShields is the manager of a minor-league baseball team, the Louisville Bats.  He played 13 seasons in the majors. His oldest child, Delino DeShields Jr., plays baseball for the Texas Rangers.

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