Saturday’s Cincinnati-Xavier game ended early when the teams got into a massive fight (watch video here). You may have thought the all-out brawl was the most embarrassing aspect of the game, not to mention the punch thrown by Yancy Gates, but that may not be the case. It turns out that the comments made by senior guard Tu Holloway after the game were pretty awful as well.
“We got disrespected a little bit before the game,” Holloway explained. “Guys calling us out. We’re a tougher team. We’re grown men over here. We got a whole bunch of gangsters in our locker room. Not thugs, but tough guys on the court. We went out there and zipped em up at the end of the game. That’s our motto — zip ‘em up.”
Tu was suspended one game. Three of his teammates were also suspended. Holloway apologized for his comments Sunday, but his explanation was equally questionable.
“I idolize guys like Kevin Garnett and Ray Lewis and things like that,” he said. “I love what they stand for in their sports and on the field and that’s what I was trying to say after the game as far as the way I played and the way my teammates played on the court.”
Garnett is one of the biggest trash-talkers in the NBA, so I think his point was that his team has a tough mentality. He sure had an awful way of saying so. Here is a video of his regrettable comments from Saturday: