CINCINNATI - Xavier University suspended four of its mens basketball players Sunday, a day after a bench clearing brawl ended the annual Crosstown Shootout at the Cintas Center.
Senior Tu Holloway was immediately suspended for one game for his part in the court fight on Saturday. Junior Mark Lyons has been put on a two game suspension.
Sophomore Landen Amos was given a four-game suspension. Freshman Dezmine Wells, who already had a mandatory one game suspension for being ejected from the game for fighting, is also being given an additional three game suspension by Xavier University, for a total of four.
Xavier University Athletic Director Mike Bobinski told an afternoon news conference that the school is embarrassed by the brawl and accepts full responsibility for what happened at the end of the game.
"The additional disciplinary actions taken by Xavier University are fully supported by the conference," said Atlantic 10 Conference Commissioner Bernadette McGlade. "These penalties reinforce Xavier's and the Atlantic 10's commitment to sportsmanship and accountability and the importance we place on the integrity of intercollegiate athletics."
Suspended player Tu Holloway apologized at the news conference for the fight.
"We are not thugs and we are not bad kids here at Xavier University," Holloway said. "I really apologize for what happened yesterday."
Xavier Basketball Coach Chris Mack says he was sickened by what he saw happen at the end of the Crosstown Shootout. He says he should have not allowed several of the players to address the media after the game.
Mack went on to say that Holloway's use of the word, "gangster" at the post game news conference was inappropriate. Mack said his wording was wrong, but his intentions to show that Xavier players don't back down.
University of Cincinnati also issued suspensions to some of its players. To read about the UC suspensions, go to http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/local_news/cincy-suspends-gates-for-6-games-after-brawl .