By Matt Norlander
There could be further fallout from the Xavier-Cincinnati brawl, because now the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office is going to review the tape.
Yancy Gates, be nervous. Gates is the Cincinnati senior center who coldcocked Xavier center Kenny Frease during the fracas in the closing seconds of Saturday afternoon's Xavier 76-53 win over the Bearcats. Multiple players from each team have been suspended, none more than Gates, who received a six-game punishment for throwing the most vicious, obvious punches in the battle.
WLWT reported the possible charges that could come for players on both teams. These kind of punishments, if any charges are levied, go beyond anything either program/coach/university did Sunday.
Joe Deters issued a release Monday saying, “My office will review this matter to determine whether any criminal charges are appropriate. We will have no further comment until a decision is reached.”This kind of review is certainly warranted; if Gates did what he did at an on-campus bar instead of in the middle of a game, he'd likely already have charges pressed against him.
"We want to deal with this in a prompt and direct manner, and send the message that we will not tolerate this from those who have the privilege of representing the University of Cincinnati." Those are the words of Cincy AD Whit Babcock.
No tolerance is preached, yet plenty have maligned both universities for going too soft in their punishments. Tu Holloway did not throw a punch, but he is considered the instigator of the melee, and he spoke proudly of the events afterward on Saturday, giving himself, his team and his sport a horrible look. Plenty believe Gates shouldn't even be allowed to play basketball the rest of the season. Cincy coach Mick Cronin debated aloud whether he'd kick anyone off the team following the horrible PR display for the sport Saturday. Turns out, only one Big East game will be missed.
Cincinnati's suspended players will partake in a Monday press conference at 2 p.m. ET. Xavier's coaches and players spoke and addressed the issue during a Sunday press conference.
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