Wednesday, January 22, 2020

KU forward Silvio De Sousa suspended indefinitely

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.


Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa has been suspended from the team indefinitely for his role in Tuesday night’s fight between the Kansas and Kansas State men’s basketball programs.

KU coach Bill Self announced the suspension just before noon on Wednesday.

“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.”

Both programs are still waiting for final word from the Big 12 Conference on all of the punishments that will be levied as a result of the melee that followed the Jayhawks’ 81-60 victory over Kansas State at Allen Fieldhouse.

De Sousa, who missed all of last season while waiting for a ruling on his eligibility regarding his role in the recent college basketball recruiting scandal that led to an FBI investigation, was at the center of Tuesday’s incident.

After having the ball stolen from him in the game’s final seconds, De Sousa recovered to block the shot by K-State’s DaJuan Gordon and then stood over him as the final horn sounded.

That inspired a heated reaction from players on the K-State bench, who sat mere feet away, and De Sousa and several Kansas State players then engaged in shoving and punching as the fracas spilled into the handicap seating section behind Allen Fieldhouse’s south goal.

During the fight, De Sousa at one point grabbed a stool and held it high over his head before dropping it behind him as assistant coaches tried to grab the stool from him.

Self and K-State coach Bruce Weber both said on this morning’s Big 12 teleconference that they were still in communication with the conference office about how to proceed, with Weber saying he thought something would be known sooner rather than later.

— Stay tuned for more on this developing story.


Joe Joseph 2 years, 10 months ago

I feel bad for Silvio.

He made some very poor choices. He deserves to be punished, harshly, but so many unfortunate things had to happen for him to be in this situation.

Suzi Marshall 2 years, 10 months ago

So do I. I can imagine how frustrated he must feel after all he's been through. Then this game, he's sitting on the bench and finally gets in the game only to have some jerk try to show him up by stealing the ball and scoring in the closing seconds of a runaway game. Silvio had every right to block his shot and let him know about it. The chair thing was over the top.

Ryan Mullen 2 years, 10 months ago

Forget suspending him, he needs a banner!

Art Jefferson 2 years, 10 months ago

I posted this earlier, but I'm worried about losing key players for B12 games with us chasing Baylor. Our next game is against Tennessee, so a one game suspension would not be a major concern. More games could ultimately cost the B12 and a #1 seed though.

Jesse Johnson 2 years, 10 months ago

Baylor has already won at KU and TTU. I'm not really keeping my hopes up that we can catch them in the B12 race. They're the only team to soundly beat us this year. Right now I hope the team is just focused on improving as much as possible before the NCAA tourney, rather than doing everything to catch up to Baylor, which could come at the cost of player development (as has happened in many times in the past).

Scott Oswalt 2 years, 10 months ago

Jesse, KU is ONE game behind in the Big 12 race. Relax.

Jesse Johnson 2 years, 10 months ago

I am relaxed. That's the point. I'm not stressed about winning the B12. It's kind of a blessing really for the streak to be over. I would rather our team focus on winning national championships rather than conference titles. Obviously preparing to win a national championship means playing hard every game, but it also means focusing on player development rather than just giving all the minutes to already developed players for best chance at winning that one game.

Shannon Gustafson 2 years, 10 months ago

They played the game of their life and we had two injured key players on the same night we played on of our worst games of the year. Win in Waco and we're even with them and only have to match whatever they do elsewhere in the league. Both teams will drop a game or two or three somewhere else so there is plenty of time to make up the difference.

Phil Leister 2 years, 10 months ago

Sigh. Everyone's going to have an opinion on this but we can all agree this was an embarrassing thing to have happened, and it's certainly a black eye on our program. And acknowledging that doesn't exculpate K-State by any means.

Curtis Blankenship 2 years, 10 months ago

To get rushed like he did and have the chair picture go viral, I feel for the kid. I guess Self had to do something.

Freddie Garza 2 years, 10 months ago

He shouldn't have picked up the chair, he should've stepped up onto it and delivered a Macho Man Randy Savage flying elbow. Then it would've only been a 3 game suspension.

Greg Bowles 2 years, 10 months ago

I seem to remember a similar thing happening during a K-State game in Allen Fieldhouse a few years ago involving Brennan Greene. When he took the ball down the floor and dunked it, even though the game was already in the books. Then K-State did the same thing to us on their home floor. Poor form no matter how you look at it.

Barry Weiss 2 years, 10 months ago

I think that 3 games is enough. Alot will depend on what the league does to the other players. Hopefully no one on KU gets more than a game. The thugs from K-State who started throwing punches to escalate this should also get 3 games.

Joe Black 2 years, 10 months ago

You can't say "thugs". That is racist because evidently no one remembers old 1930/40's gangster movies which used the word thugs all the time.

Barry Weiss 2 years, 10 months ago

lol...I did not know that Joe. Yep, I'm an old geez and back in the day a thug was like some enforcer for the mafia or something like that. Not sure why everything has to be about race now days. My apologies to anyone offended. thanks Joe.

Brian Wilson 2 years, 10 months ago

Im not sure I understand what your saying Joe. Are the players or fans involved in this Italian?

Eric Dawson 2 years, 10 months ago

Hmm, wasn’t aware any Indian nationals were involved?

After all, the subcontinent is where the term originated.

(Just a little levity on an unbearably serious day).🤭

Freddie Garza 2 years, 10 months ago

The first person who comes to mind when the word "thug" is mentioned for me is Adam Schiff.

Jeff Coffman 2 years, 10 months ago

First, the media blows everything out of proportion so they can have morning debates on 5 10 or never play again debates. SDS did the right thing of slamming the block down, I personally thought a flagrant foul sending the guy to the floor would have been better. Standing over him was worthy of the taunting call which all of us would have applauded; however, once Love came off the bench and started shoving, it became a mess. Too many people left the bench and the chair pick up was too much, luckily something happened to end that b4 it became used.

Everyone that left the bench will be suspended a game. Everyone that threw a punch will get 3 games and everything in between will get 2. Both teams will have to stagger suspensions to keep 8 playing. SDS will end up with 4 games.

Brian Hosfelt 2 years, 10 months ago

so KU will only have 4 guys this weekend because everyone left the bench...only players on the floor at he time wont be suspended except for SDS....hmmm

Dale Stringer 2 years, 10 months ago

The only thing is it wasn't SDS the sent Gordon to the ground. It looks like Elliott got back there too and pulled Gordon's shoulder throwing him off balance as he shot the ball. There was nothing flagrant on the play at all.

Armen Kurdian 2 years, 10 months ago

I don't see suspending anyone who left the bench, as they thought the game was over, as did both coaches. Technically speaking, both coaches should have been T'd up as well if the game was not over. Minor point.

SDS was attacked and forced to defend himself, but then picked up the chair. McCormack tried to pull the KSU player off, then threw punches when the KSU player threw them too. I'm worried Garrett might get a one game suspension as well for his shove at the end.

I'm thinking SDS is out for 6 and McCormack out for four. Love should get at least four, maybe another KSU player as well.

De Souza can help himself if he posts a public apology today, something substantial and contrite. Maybe he's working w/the AD to make sure it comes out right.

Brett McCabe 2 years, 10 months ago

Phil, you could not be more wrong. Dollar Bill? Wrong as usual. His player gets attacked and he won’t stand up for him. Praying everyday that the guy in charge of this dirty program gets out of town and a guy who will stand with his players comes in.

There is no black eye on the program except the one Self just inflicted. You want top recruits to come here? Show them that you’ve got their backs. Don’t apologize when your player fights back after getting attacked. And maybe quit paying recruits.

Adam James 2 years, 10 months ago

This is not acceptable in any way shape or form and I will agree with Jay Williams take that in the heat of an altercation you are not thinking clearly. Silvio should be suspended, but I believe he was trying to show as much restrain as possible until Love came in along with a few other K-State players. Silvio should not have escalated the situation and should not have picked up a stool. All this to say....... I'm interested to know what is worse. Players making bad decisions in these bench clearing situations when everyone is trying to defend themselves or a guy like Grayson Allen at Duke who repeatedly trips and acts unsportsmanlike over and over again. If my memory serves me correctly, I believe one tripping occurrence event took place from the bench, which would be the complete opposite end of an escalated situation.

Brian Skelly 2 years, 10 months ago

I have no idea how David McCormick doesn't get suspended. He was stomping on some KSU guy and took swings at other players.

I also think DeSousa should be done for the regular season. Talk about a guy who's been well more trouble than he's worth. What a waste.

My hope is the Big 12 lays the wood to both teams. It's not worth kicking kids out of school to be sure, but healthy suspensions are in order.

Shannon Gustafson 2 years, 10 months ago

He wasn't stomping anyone. There is no video evidence of such a thing, though there is multiple angles showing him stepping OVER the player to stand over him. Let's not get carried away here...that's what the media is for. Disagree? Show me a video of DMac's foot on James Love while he's on the ground...

Mark Soeken 2 years, 10 months ago

First thing I would say is the reactions from the media immediately following the incident were out of line. D. Vitale from the sideline of the Duke-Miami game, and those at AFH that were in press row and behind microphones. They were making judgment calls when they obviously had'nt seen all the footage, or taken into account the actions of the visiting teams bench an particular players in the game. So, it needs to be said that at the end of a game as such was the case last evening, the home team was trying to run out the clock. Home floor is a big deal to players, so the fact that a visiting player tried to make a statement with the game already decided was childish at best. If the referees were doing their job, they would have stepped in immediately and called the taunting foul on SDS. That might have calmed the sitiuation down. But then you have an "injured" player form the visiting team inject himself in the mix, and bam, all out fighting! The fact that those involved are young heads with testosterone ablaze does'nt help in this conflict. SDS should not have picked up the stool. K-state bench overreacted. Referees were'nt in the right place to stop the escalation. Fines will be levied, and players suspended. I just hope that those in charge look at all angles and get it right!!

RJ King 2 years, 10 months ago

yeah, the Dickie V holier-than-thou comments really ticked me off, and I'm not at all a DV hater. But c'mon ... Grayson Allen and Coach K? That was OK???

It's pretty ironic that the talent is making accusations and condemning 20-year-olds for not being clear headed in the heat of the moment, while they themselves are emotional, judgmental, and cannot wait for the facts to come to light.

Doug Horn 2 years, 10 months ago

First and foremost last night was the worst display that I have ever seen in a KU basketball game ever. We can all point fingers at each other and say it was KU's fault or it was K-State's fault. We could all say if DaJuan Gordan had followed the instructions his coach gave to back off, not foul and let the time run out none of this would have happened. Or if De Sousa had let DaJuan Gordon lay the ball up or just blocked the shot and walked away none of this would have happened. But I think everyone needs to take a look at the Ref that was right there after De Sousa blocked the layup and went to stand over Gordan. That Ref didn't even move to call the technical or step in front of De Souse or pull him away from the scene. I know it is a big job to step in front of a player the size of De Sousa but had he done something none of this would have happened. I think all of the ESPN employees who said that De Sousa should be kicked out of college basketball or suspended for the rest of the year need to step back and watch the video captured by Cameron Collins that shows that Antonio Gordon shoved De Sousa to the ground, which De Sousa responded by coming up swinging. If you look at De Souse's face he is in shock and when something like this happens you go into defense mode. What De Sousa did was wrong. Picking up a chair was wrong, but De Sousa dropped the chair unlike what all of the ESPN staff were saying that it was taken away from him. People did try to take the chair away but it was De Sousa who dropped the chair. LaPhonso Ellis said that when he played in college he grabbed another player by the throat, but his team mates stopped him from getting into trouble. Mr. Ellis then went on to speak badly about De Sousa's team mates not stopping him. Mr. Ellis, did you happen to notice that the entire K-State bench was between De Sousa and his team mates? Or that tthe KU players were almost 90 feet away at the other end of the court? Jay Williams actually surprised me today by standing up for De Sousa and say that he should not be kicked off the team. That De Sousa is a 21 year kid that made a big mistake. Why is it that no one seems to be saying anything about the K-State players: Antonio Gordon helped to escalate this by shoving De Sousa. Not to mention James Love who couldn't play in the game stepping to the mix and throwing a few punches of his own. I was wondering what happened to Weber during all of this and I found him in the video grabbing two of his players that were trying to climb over the press table to get to De Sousa. Everyone is looking for one person to blame this black eye on, but everyone who call themselves reporters need to do their homework and watch all of the video of what happened. Don't just look at one view and make a judgement about what happened and what the penalties should be. DO YOUR JOB AND GET ALL OF THE FACTS BEFORE YOU TELL JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS!

Matt Lindaman 2 years, 10 months ago

Great post Mr. Horn. I like the Jay Williams take as well. Ellis should review the clip and watch Moss' role. At first, Elliot, Udoka, and Moss are out of the fray. A previous post stated Ellliot had already been thrown back. Moss has the outside bleachers sealed off from any potential on court rush by the blue hairs :) Once it appears to escalate, he hops some kind of barrier (did Case Case launch himself off the same barrier?--how did he get so much air?) and runs in pulling others off from the fray. You are correct, a lot of purple in between. Only the players would know the answer to this question--did they know Love as a street clothes bench player, or in the heat of the moment, was it like some guy coming out of nowhere attacking. The latter would be pretty scary if you did not immediately recognize him as a player not in uniform.

W Keith Swinehart II 2 years, 10 months ago

I think Silvio was just a shocked and frightened player when the herd came at him swinging. Unfortunately, our human inclination is to look for easy blame. There were many persons which to share culpability in this incident, but only one left literally holding the bag... Silvio.

I have rooted for Silvio to make it with the Jayhawks. This one incident will be overcome. I will continue to have confidence in him, and hope his good character gets him through the challenge.

Robert Brock 2 years, 10 months ago

Silvio should transfer and get a fresh start someplace else.

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