Saying that Memphis acted classless doesn't implicitly say the UAB fans were right. No one acted with class in that situation. If you say that no one would've acted with class in that situation, I watched the Illinois basketball team, after their first loss of the year, leave the court without incident at Ohio State in 2005 with fans swarming the court, pushing them around as they tried to leave, screaming at them inches from their faces.
Why did they leave without incident? Because they had class. And I'm not just saying that because I'm an Illinois fan, because if that happened this year Shaun Pruitt's chump ass would probably go Artest on someone. There's tons of examples of teams acting with class in controversial situations, that's just one I happened to witness personally, not more than 50 feet from me, in recent years.
Those boys from Illinois were shoved a little bit, being screamed at but they were trying to get off of the court as fast as possible. They were on the court for maybe 20-30 seconds. Nothing was thrown at them. No beer spilled all over them. I am sure nothing overly derogatory was said to them. No middle fingers being held up by half of the crowd. That situation was MINUSCULE compared to what happened at UAB.
Memphis wasn't right in how they reacted, in no way should a slap have been thrown. However a lot of these posts are trying to pin the whole situation on the Memphis team. I respect that you have been the only one to say UAB was in the wrong as well as the Memphis team. My only justification is that I believe the cause for the blow up was due to UAB. Memphis should have not responded the way they did, but UAB fans DID cause this situation.
You said it yourself, they were trying to get off the court as fast as possible. Now, I understand that Memphis won and they were pumped, and Illinois lost and they weren't pumped. Different scenario, and if I made it out to seem like they were equivalents, my apologies.
But why wasn't Memphis getting off the court as soon as they could? Why did they have guys hanging around looking for trouble? Why did they have guys digging through trash cans looking for stuff to throw?
I don't think the Ohio State fans were being as obscene and trying to incite the Illini like the UAB fans were. But then again, the UAB fans weren't swarming the court, putting their fingers right in Chris Douglas-Roberts' face like they were to Luther Head. The Memphis players sought out trouble, whereas the Illinois players had trouble brought right to their faces and didn't react.
Whoever is trying to pin the whole situation on Memphis- and it certainly seemed like JPR was- is wrong. The UAB fans were even more wrong than the Memphis team. But that doesn't excuse the classlessness with which Memphis acted.
It isn't a condemnable offense. My opinion of the individuals in question isn't forever marred. But like it or not, the scholarship athletes have a greater responsibility to act maturely than the students in attendance.
Last edited by TheGame414 : 02-22-2008 at 12:58 AM.