A miserable season for the Washington Huskies men’s basketball team continued on Thursday night, with an 81-66 loss to the Colorado Buffaloes.
But while the team struggled on the court, they may have a bigger issue thanks to senior forward Malik Dime.
Dime is being accused by two Colorado students of slapping them in the face on his way to the locker room at halftime. The students claim they were engaged in some trash talk when Dime’s temper boiled over.
In a report from Jake Shapiro of BSN Denver, a Colorado student named Dylan detailed the encounter:
“We were talking the usual game talk with the players like we usually do. Malik looked over at us at one point and said ‘I’m gonna come over there and slap the s— out of you.’ We didn’t think that was real so we just laughed and then at the end of the half he came over to us and pretended like he was giving me a handshake and I reached out and he pulled back and slapped me in the face and the follow-through hit the person sitting right next to me, which was Brian.”
After the game, Dime reportedly went over to the two students and shook their hands.
They are declining to press charges.
“We’re not trying to get anyone in trouble—the C-Unit—we’re good people,” Brian said. “It’s all in the fun of the game, we got a lot of love for Malik, the people of Seattle and Washington here in the C-Unit, and we got Powerade’s out of it, we got respect for them.”
Despite the lack of charges, Dime could still face discipline from the team as they are currently looking into the situation.
“I’m aware of it,” head coach Lorenzo Romar said. “I don’t know anything about the details. We will look into it.”
With the loss, Washington fell to 9-15 on the season. The Huskies are currently on a six-game losing streak and have dropped eight of their last ten.