Clemson Player Apologizes After Being Ejected From Game vs. Duke

Clemson cheerleaders running around with flags.

Clemson cheerleaders running around with flags.

Clemson guard David Collins has issued an apology for his “reckless” foul on Duke’s Wendell Moore Jr.

Taking to Instagram after Thursday night’s loss to the Blue Devils, Collins shared remorse for the dangerous flagrant foul that saw him ejected from the contest.

“I was going to try to block it from behind but I was going too fast and I couldn’t stop. I realized I needed to stop when it was too late. I never been a dirty player, never will,” he explained. “I wish bro a healthy season and I never tried to hurt anybody but I know everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

“I have respect towards Duke and Clemson and I apologize to everybody for a reckless play. I’m glad Wendell is okay.”

With three minutes remaining before halftime, Moore stripped Collins and took off on a fast break.

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Clemson’s David Collins ejected for dangerous foul vs. Duke

A hard foul on a Duke player’s breakaway could have ended a lot worse, but was more than enough to warrant an ejection.

Clemson guard David Collins was assessed a flagrant 2 foul, which is an automatic ejection, after hitting Duke’s Wendell Moore Jr. hard while the forward was in mid-air during Thursday’s game. Moore had stolen the ball from Collins on the previous possession and had an easy path to two points.

The resulting collision caused Moore to land hard on the floor, but fortunately didn’t hurt him enough to take him out of the game.

Collins didn’t even wait until the end of the game to explain himself, as he posted a statement on his Instagram story claiming he he had simply lost control of his momentum while trying to block Moore from behind.

The full statement:

“I was going to try to block it from behind but

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Heat’s Kyle Lowry ejected after tossing ball back to official

Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry
Kyle Lowry was ejected on Wednesday night after he appeared to just return the ball to the referee. (AP/Jeff Chiu)

Miami Heat star Kyle Lowry was ejected early on Wednesday night after he appeared to just toss the ball back to the official after a foul.

Lowry, just before halftime of Miami’s 115-109 win over the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center, went to toss the ball back to referee Matt Kallio after teammate Duncan Robinson was called for a shooting foul.

Kallio, however, apparently thought Lowry was trying to do something else — as he quickly ejected Lowry from the contest.

Lowry picked up a technical foul earlier in the period, which is what triggered the automatic ejection upon receiving his second.

Now if Lowry actually threw the ball at an official, that’s grounds for an ejection. No question. 

But Lowry gently tossed the ball toward the official

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LeBron James Ejected Amid Fight

What Happened: The Los Angeles Lakers came to Detroit to play the Pistons Sunday night. Fans who came to see LeBron James would not be able to see him finish the game. With 9:18 left in the third quarter, James elbowed Isaiah Stewart, the Pistons center, after a Jerami Grant free throw.

Stewart, who was bleeding from the blow, tried to escape from teammates and chase James down, but was eventually stopped by security and teammates. At one point, Stewart looked to be calm and complying and then attempted to dash away from security to confront James again.

The altercation sparked memories of the famous Malice at the Palace in Detroit nearly 20 years ago in which Pistons’ Ben Wallace and Pacers’ Ron Artest fought which led to a full-out brawl that included fans.

Fans, however, can be thankful that Sunday night’s scuffle did not reach Malice at the Palace

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