BY REDCHAIR; Sports Editor
Watching and listening to everything that has come out of the Xavier & Cincinnati scuffle is just funny. It’s funny to me because it shows immaturity, bad decisions, bias, and just plain stupidity. I wanted to make sure I gave myself a day or two before I formed my concrete opinion on the matter. I wanted to see how the administration reacted and penalized the players and coaches. I wanted to see if the players retracted their statements and see what lousy public relations statement the schools’ cooked up for them. The matter all started when Cincinnati players made some statements on twitter stating that Xavier guard Tu Holloway wouldn’t even start on their team. Holloway took offense to this. Are you kidding me Holloway? You’re going to get upset about comments on twitter? If someone asked you the same question about one of your players you would have done the same thing. Why? Because those are the guys you have practiced with and you have grown to respect all their hard work. You’re supposed to have each other’s back. No matter what you’re asked you say you would have nobody else out there with you because you are a team. I don’t care if LeBron James magically comes and says he wants on your team you say no. That right there shows immaturity to me. As the game was coming to an end and Xavier was cruising to a victory of over twenty points Holloway starts mouthing off on the court and before we know it there’s a brawl on the court. The only players we can have respect for is the ones who were trying to separate and control the situation. For those players I want to say I’m sorry to. You’re going to be remembered as the thugs and gangsters that got in that fight at Xavier instead of the ones who were mature enough to realize the entire fight was ignorant and stupid. The bad decision comes from the coach who actually allowed his players to go out and talk to the media. Coach… are you serious bro? (Zack Ryder reference couldn’t help it.) Your players just got into a fight and you’re going to then throw them out to the lions of the press to be eaten up? We then got statements from Holloway saying:
“We got a whole bunch of gangsta’s over here. Not thugs, but tough guys on the court and we went out there and zipped em’ up at the end of the game. That’s our motto to zip em’ up”
The media and the fans have a short attention span. All they got out of your statement was bunch of gangsters, tough guys on court, and we zipped them up. Then Mark Lyons went on to say:
“Where we from, You gon do something back.”
I can just shake my head because I knew all hell was going to break out after two African American men made these statements. There are still racist people out there in the world and they’re looking for any reason to justify being that way. When you embrace the ghetto terminology and environment and not only talk that way to the media but try to act like it on the court, you’re making yourself look like an idiot as well as the school you are representing. You’re also hurting the credibility for all those great people who are mature and respectable and happen to be African American. There are kids out there who are struggling to pay tuition and you’re lucky enough to have the skills to play a game and get a free education for it, but because someone says they’re better than you you’re going to throw that all away? That’s where I come to my last point of plain out stupidity. The repercussion of the matter was that Yancy Gates, the player who landed a punch, got the biggest 6-game suspension for the matter. In my opinion, that doesn’t go far enough. The player that got sucker punch has the right to press criminal charges. I’ve seen a case where that actually happened in a high school game and the kid was sent away to juvenile prison and Gates only has to miss six games? Are you kidding me? Anyone who was escalating the fight should get six games and the players who threw punches should be kicked off the team or suspended for the season. As a future athletic director (hopefully), you need to care more about the person and not the player. You’ve just shown this kid that a punch only equals two or three weeks of no basketball and that’s it. He will forget about by the end of the season for sure. You need to make an example to your team, your coach, and the rest of the league that there are more important things then basketball.