What's buzzing:

The Dagger: College Basketball Blog

Cincinnati players allegedly involved in altercation at a nightclub

Jeff Eisenberg
The Dagger

View photo

.

PLAY night club bouncer Brian McLucas (Photo via Fox19 in Cincinnati)

A bouncer's swollen right eye may result in another black eye for Cincinnati basketball program.

Brian McLucas, a bouncer at PLAY nightclub in Cincinnati, filed a police report Sunday claiming several Bearcats punched and kicked him when he tried to remove them from a VIP table the previous night. McLucas told Fox19 in Cincinnati that he asked the players to leave because they were drinking liquor that didn't belong to them from another party's table, but they refused to cooperate.

"I said you guys need to calm down," McLucas told Fox19. "And whenever I did that I looked to the right of me and right as I looked to the right of me I seen the dude take three quick steps and punch me in the eye."

The incident at the night club comes a mere five months after Cincinnati took part in one of the worst brawls in recent college basketball history in the final seconds of a loss to rival Xavier last season. Four players from each team were suspended including Cincinnati's Yancy Gates, whose right hand to the face of an unsuspecting Kenny Frease bloodied the Xavier center.

It's important to note we've only heard one side of the story from Saturday night's incident and we don't know which Cincinnati players (if any) were involved, yet this isn't the sort of publicity the team needs if it turns out to be true.

Coach Mick Cronin and his players helped heal the wound from the brawl last winter with their exemplary behavior and on-court success. Backlash from an incident like this can only undermine some of that progress.

Cincinnati athletic director Whit Babcock released a statement late Monday morning urging fans not to rush to judgment yet promising to hold players accountable if necessary.

"It is a privilege to play for and represent UC. It is not a right," Babcock said. "We have made great strides in our program and this type situation is not what UC athletics is about or will be about. As of now, to my understanding, there are no charges filed, only accusations. We will next comment after we have had time to gather facts and our process moves along or is completed."

View Comments (20)
  • Blackhawks acquire Vermette from Coyotes for first-rounder, Dahlbeck

    The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired centre Antoine Vermette from the Arizona Coyotes for a first-round pick and defensive prospect Klas Dahlbeck, a source told The Canadian Press. Vermette, an unrestricted free agent this off-season, is 32 years … More »

    The Canadian Press - 8 minutes ago
  • Holliday helps UMKC pull away from Grand Canyon 70-65

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Reese Holliday scored 24 points, including eight free throws and two key rebounds in the last 4:00 to help Missouri-Kansas City beat Grand Canyon 70-65 on Saturday night. … More »

    AP - Sports - 8 minutes ago
  • Desharnais scores 2 goals in Canadiens' 4-0 win over Toronto

    Desharnais scores 2 goals in Canadiens' 4-0 win over Toronto

    MONTREAL (AP) -- Manny Malhotra scored his first goal with the Canadiens, Carey Price made 30 saves for his sixth shutout of the season, and Montreal beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0 on Saturday night. … More »

    AP - Sports - 8 minutes ago
  • Wizards end losing streak with 99-95 win over Pistons

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- John Wall scored 22 points, Nene added 21 and the Washington Wizards ended their six-game losing streak with a 99-95 win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night. … More »

    AP - Sports - 8 minutes ago
  • Harvard tames Columbia Lions 80-70

    Wesley Saunders scored 21 points and Harvard rebounded from a loss at Cornell to beat Columbia, 80-70 Saturday night and set up a first-place showdown at home against Yale in the penultimate Ivy League game Friday night. Harvard (20-6, 10-2) owned … More »

    AP - Sports - 11 minutes ago