Updated: 12:32 a.m.
Tempers flared after No. 12 Nevada fell, 81-76, at Utah State on Saturday night, and it got ugly.
It’s not entirely clear what happened, but Jordan Caroline appeared to break glass and yell at somebody as players and staff worked to restrain him. It’s not clear who Caroline’s target was. After a moment, a police officer showed up as the Nevada staff also began yelling.
Watch the whole thing here, captured by Jake Edmonds of KUTV.
WARNING: Video includes strong language.
Edmonds notes a few important things here, primarily that Utah State fans were allegedly verbally abusive — and perhaps physically as well — after the game. Aggies fans rushed the court, giving them easy access to Nevada players.
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.— Jake Edmonds (@JakeKUTV) March 3, 2019
This also appears to have been the tunnel to Utah State’s locker room, presumably because the Wolf Pack did not have access to their own.
NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster also had this nugget:
Jordan Caroline also says "nobody calls me [the n-word]." I hope you're ready for the court-storming debate to be reignited, because it's going to be.— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) March 3, 2019
Nevada players and coaches were not made available to media after the game, but it appears representatives from both teams will have plenty to answer for. We’ll update this post as we learn more.
UPDATE: ESPN’s Michael Eaves reports that a Utah State assistant yelled something at Caroline, but a racial slur does not appear to have been included.
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. https://t.co/fFTTtoIDa7— Michael Eaves (@michaeleaves) March 3, 2019