I think we’ve all been there before. You’re watching a family member play basketball and you sometimes get a little too emotional when a call doesn’t go your way. Of course, most of you out there probably don’t casually walk out on the court to discuss the situation with the officials. That’s not how Jonathan Xavier rolls.
Jonathan’s brother, Jeff, plays for Providence and got whacked upside the head by a Marquette player, though it looks as if the contact was entirely accidental. Jeff was woofing at the Marquette bench while holding an ice pack on his face, so Jonathan decided it would be a good time to see what exactly the refs were thinking when they didn’t give his bro the call.
And this wasn’t even the only odd on-court incident on Saturday. Video after the jump.
First, here’s the situation in Providence:
In another strange incident, UConn women’s coach Geno Auriemma got tangled up with Syracuse player Nicole Michael. Auriemma and Michael exchanged unfriendly words during the postgame handshake line after the Huskies beat the Orange by 54 points. Then, as Auriemma goes to walk off the court, it looks like Michael actually tries to trip the coach:
None of this is as sad as the plight of Arizona’s Jamelle Horne, who made headlines for the wrong reasons earlier in the year when he intentionally fouled a UAB player 75-feet from the basket with less than a second left in a tie game. UAB of course won the game on the free throws.
Now, Horne is at it again. Somebody has to stop this guy, or just take him out of any game that’s close. In yesterday’s game against USC, it was once again tied in the final seconds. And Horne once again deliberately fouled an opposing player with just two seconds left. Ugh. And yes, the USC player made one of the free throws to win the game. This guy is not pleased.