Kansas indefinitely suspends Silvio De Sousa after Kansas State brawl
Kansas coach Bill Self and forward Silvio De Sousa (22) walk off the court after a brawl broke out at the end of the team's game against Kansas State at Allen Fieldhouse. (Photo: Jay Biggerstaff, USA TODAY Sports)
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self promised Wednesday that Jayhawks players involved in Tuesday night’s late-game melee against Kansas State would face repercussions.
Two hours later, the first punishment was handed down. Self announced the indefinite suspension of forward Silvio De Sousa.
“I have suspended Silvio De Sousa indefinitely pending the final outcome of the review by KU and the Big 12 Conference," Self said in a statement. "As I said last night, we are disappointed in his actions and there is no place in the game for that behavior.”
The fight with the rival Wildcats occurred just a few seconds remaining in Kansas’ 81-60 home victory at Allen Fieldhouse. De Sousa was dribbling out the clock, when the Kansas State guard DaJuan Gordon stole the ball. He headed toward the basket, and De Sousa responded by chasing him down and blocking his shot.
De Sousa then stood over the fallen Gordon. That appeared to start bench-clearing brawl that lasted around 40 seconds and included De Sousa holding a stool overhead.
Benches emptied at the end of the Kansas State-Kansas game. pic.twitter.com/zWv46h3RJC
“The bottom line, is that in competition, and obviously it’s heated, some things can escalate sometimes, and you never want that," Self said during a Big 12 conference call Wednesday before the suspension was announced. “We’ll accept responsibility for the role in which we played, and obviously we did play a role. I’m not saying K-State was innocent on this by any stretch. But I am saying I’m going to comment on our situation.
“I’m not saying they’re guilty; I’m just commenting on our situation, (and) in what I can potentially have influence on. That would be the actions of our guys, regardless of what has transpired — always having discipline and keeping a cool head and being responsible and being unselfish.
“Certainly that did not occur within our group. It’s very obvious what took place. You had a situation that escalated, because of emotions getting the best of the situation.”
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