West Virginia forward Watkins apologizes for obscene gesture

West Virginia forward Watkins apologizes for obscene gesture

Published Feb. 3, 2015 3:19 p.m. ET

West Virginia forward Brandon Watkins issued an apology for directing an obscene gesture toward Texas Tech players during Saturday's win in Morgantown. 

"I would like to apologize to Coach Smith and the Texas Tech basketball team for my obscene gesture in Saturday's game," Watkins said in a release. "That gesture does not reflect how I was raised. I realize that I embarrassed my family, my team, Mountaineer Nation and Texas Tech basketball. I'm sorry for my actions." 

Watkins was knocked to the ground along the baseline and television cameras caught him flashing both middle fingers back toward the court. 

Officials didn't see the gesture and no action was taken toward Watkins during the game. 


Neither West Virginia nor the Big 12 announced any further disciplinary action for Watkins, a sophomore who averages 1.9 points and 1.6 rebounds for the Mountaineers, who are 18-3 and sit in second place in the Big 12 this season. 

The Mountaineers travel to face Oklahoma on Tuesday. 


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