Following the Utah State basketball team’s win over No. 12-ranked Nevada over the weekend, there was nearly chaos post-game. After fans rushed the court, there was a verbal altercation with tempers flaring outside of the locker room when a verbal altercation ensued.
In a video which surfaced on social media, it sounded like a Nevada player punched a fire extinguisher which ended up breaking the glass. The player who had to be restrained was Jordan Caroline.
The player had to be restrained as he attempted to make his way back through the tunnel.
Jake Edmonds of KUTV2 News provided some commentary on the situation.
“From what I gathered Nevada players and coaches didn’t appreciate how Utah State fans treated them after the game (touching them, verbal abuse, etc.). Aggie fans had just rushed the court so they had easy access to players,” he wrote. “Nevada players shouldn’t have even been in that tunnel. The scuffle happened just outside the Utah State locker room. I’d guess they were in that tunnel because there were too many fans on the court to allow them easy access to their own tunnel.”
Michael Eaves, an anchor for ESPN’s SportsCenter, added: “A source tells me that an assistant coach for Utah State yelled something at Caroline after the game and that’s what made him angry. It’s not certain at this point what was exactly said, but the source indicated that racial slurs were not involved.”
Here is the video:
And here is another angle for good measure:
With the win, Utah State moved into first place in the Mountain West Conference.
Next up for the Aggies is a Tuesday, March 5 meeting with the Colorado State Rams. Nevada, meanwhile, faces the Air Force Falcons on the same night. The Wolf Pack are current a half-game back of the conference lead.