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Former KU players, college basketball world react to rivalry game fracas

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Kansas head coach Bill Self holds back Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa (22) following the Jayhawks' win against Kansas State, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas head coach Bill Self holds back Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa (22) following the Jayhawks' win against Kansas State, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse. by Nick Krug

The wild brawl that brought an ugly end to the Sunflower Showdown at Allen Fieldhouse Tuesday night, of course, drew the attention of the entire college basketball world.

While opinions varied on the fracas, which spewed off the actual court and into the seats behind the baseline, some renowned national analysts called for swift action and suspensions after KU forward Silvio De Sousa and Kansas State big man James Love were at the heart of a confrontation that cleared both benches.

KU head coach Bill Self, who called the incident embarrassing, said after the game he expected to announce punishments on Wednesday. While those haven’t been announced as of the morning, that didn’t stop some national college basketball media members from immediately speculating about what’s to come.

A couple of former Kansas players, Devonte’ Graham and Scot Pollard, also shared via Twitter their thoughts on how the rivalry game concluded.

Here are some of the many social media posts regarding the altercation.

None by Devonte Graham

None by Devonte Graham

None by Devonte Graham

None by Devonte Graham

None by Devonte Graham

None by Devonte Graham

None by Scot Pollard

None by Scot Pollard

None by Scot Pollard

None by Dick Vitale

None by Dick Vitale

None by Jay Williams

None by Seth Davis

None by Doug Gottlieb

None by Jeff Goodman

None by Myron Medcalf

None by Jay Bilas

None by Jay Bilas

None by Pat Forde

None by Andy Katz

Comments

Brett McCabe 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Go Devonte! Shut up Scot! Stand up like a man Long!

Drew Doerfler 5 months, 3 weeks ago

ok, i'll be honest, Pollard can go blank himself...i used to really like him....sanctimonious much Pollard? from what i remember, you used to be out there and an instigator and trash talker yourself.....Devonte? love you dude, way to have your teams back! also, after watching all the angles, Desousa lost his temper and should get a suspension, but every step of the way was instigated by k-state from pressing and fouling our walk-ons in the final 3 minutes....to the ridiculous steal, to shoving desousa and their redshirt player coming in fists a flyin......screw Weber......something about just looking at him makes me want to punch him.....

Drew Doerfler 5 months, 2 weeks ago

ok, i still like Pollard.....but i didn't like his comments...lol

Ryan Shelton 5 months, 3 weeks ago

If De Sousa really wanted to disrespect the man, instead of standing over him after he blocked his shot he should have helped him up. That adds insult to injury. That sends a stronger message and punctuates the idea of winning with class whereas KSU plays the role of the sore loser. If he had done this, today everybody would be laughing at this clown who tried to steal the ball with 5 seconds left and got what was coming to him. It would have been the number 1 play on Sports Center. Instead KU lowers itself to KSU's level and gets another black eye.

Anyone who disagrees with Pollard should ask themselves one question: if De Sousa had it to do over again, would he have done it the same way? Pollard is spot on.

Joe Joseph 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Right. No doubt it is embarrassing, but for both universities. Most of the focus from the pundits seems to be on KU. Is this because Silvio was the one with the chair? Or is it because it took place in AFH? Or is it because the K-State dudes were in street clothes as opposed to uniforms?

Todd Hill 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Dang. What, no comments from the Morris twins?

Curtis Blankenship 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Only 2 former players? Misleading headline. Graham is moving up on favorite Jayhawk of all time. Rock Chalk!

Also, since MU got scared and left, TV has been wanting a KU-KSU rivalry to be real. It didn't take off when they carried our goal posts down Mass (Because MU was still around).

Dale Rogers 5 months, 3 weeks ago

A 247sports article by a writer who says he was just the other side of the goal post said de Sousa dropped the chair an instant before Howard grabbed his arm, signifying that he had second thoughts about that action and changed his mind. I don't condone brandishing that chair at all but at least it shows he decided not to use it as a weapon.

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