Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Mick Cronin and recently-suspended player Yancy Gates spoke to the media about the skirmish over the weekend during the Bearcats’ weekly press conference on Monday.
“A lot of people have been calling me a thug and a gangster,” said Gates right before he began shedding tears with his head down while sitting at the table.
Gates could only describe the situation as bad and that the constant media attention made it worse as he was the main guy highlighted in the video.
“My parents didn’t raise me like that,” Gates said.
Cronin spent a good part of the press conference commenting about the officiating. He noted that the crew had never officiated an Xavier/Cincinnati game and needed to call more technicals during the game to stop the physical play and trash talking before it got out of hand.
“It should have never been allowed to go that far,” Cronin said.
Cronin said Gates would be able to use this situation to become a better person.
“If Cronin hadn’t gone off Saturday, a 6-game suspension might have seemed normal. That’s what I believe,” tweeted Gregg Doyel, CBS Sports.
Other members in the media felt the 6-game suspension was too light.
“Throwing a punch & stomping on someone is UNACCEPTABLE Penalty 6 games is too LIGHT.Should be THE YEAR plus school service 4 Cincy players,” tweeted Dick Vitale, media.