WVU's Watkins apologizes for obscene gesture during game

Published Feb. 3, 2015 5:48 p.m. ET

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia forward Brandon Watkins has issued an apology to Texas Tech and coach Tubby Smith for an obscene gesture.

Watkins made the apology in a statement released Tuesday by the university.

The sophomore made the gesture in the first half of the 15th-ranked Mountaineers' 77-58 win over the Red Raiders on Saturday.

After fouling Texas Tech's Robert Turner on a layup attempt, Watkins raised the middle fingers of both hands while on his back behind the basket. A brief skirmish ensued and Texas Tech center Norense Odiase was ejected. Watkins wasn't penalized further.

Watkins says he understands the gesture was an embarrassment to his family, his team, fans and Texas Tech. He says he's sorry for his actions.