Big 12, Kansas State, KU reviewing court storm
The Big 12, Kansas and Kansas State are reviewing tape of Monday night’s courtstorming at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan.
Clips of Kansas player Jamari Traylor being body checked, Bill Self being crushed into the scorer’s table and a Kansas assistant grabbing a student by the neck flooded social media in the moments after K-State’s 70-63 upset win.
"The Big 12 Conference office and the two schools are reviewing the postgame celebration that occurred at the conclusion of last night’s Kansas at Kansas State game," the league announced in a statement. "In accordance with Conference policy, home team game management is responsible for the implementation of protocols to provide for the safety of all game participants, officials and fans."
Tuesday, Kansas State police posted a photo of the student who ran into Traylor, asking for more information. K-State AD John Currie apologized to coach Bill Self and KU and said his school "fell short of our expectations for securing the court and escorting KU to its locker room without incident."
"We are reviewing our procedures internally and consulting with our law enforcement partners to determine any steps necessary to improve our gameday security," Currie said in the release. "Additionally, we are actively reviewing video and working in concert with law enforcement to identify any fan who intentionally touched visiting players or personnel. We will take appropriate action with such identified persons, including turning over all evidence to law enforcement so that any applicable charges can be filed."
Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said he tried to protect Self when the crush of fans pushed them into the scorer’s table, but eventually just began pushing people out of the way.
Self criticized the court storming after the game.
"It’s a ballgame; it’s not about chicken-winging somebody when the game’s over, stuff like that. That’s not what it’s about. Hopefully, they can get that corrected, because it’s fine if you want to celebrate when you beat us," he said. "That’s your business, that’s fine. But at least it shouldn’t put anybody at risk from a safety standpoint. Because we’re asking for big problems because somebody’s going to hit a player — and a player’s going to retaliate, and you’re going to have lawsuits and cases. It’s just not right."
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