Minnesota seniors had a final home game to remember as the Gophers upset 11th-ranked Purdue 73-69. Students stormed the floor at Williams Arena to celebrate the huge win. One student made a stupid decision that could have landed him in a world of hurt (and trouble).
One Minnesota student got in the face of Purdue 7-foot-3 center Matt Haarms and shot a double bird. Haarms showed remarkable restraint and nothing came of the confrontation.
Gophers coach Richard Pitino has now shared his thoughts on the incident.
“Haarms seems like a good kid and plays hard,” he told reporters. “It’s ludicrous you have that type of behavior … Have a sense of humanity and decency than to walk up to a guy and give him the middle finger.”
Minnesota fans are lucky that the big win wasn’t tainted by what could have been an ugly incident.
On Minnesota student confronting Purdue player during court storming, Pitino said: “Haarms seems like a good kid and plays hard. It’s ludicrous you have that type of behavior … Have a sense of humanity & decency than to walk up to a guy and give him the middle finger.”
— Marcus R. Fuller (@Marcus_R_Fuller) March 6, 2019