March Madness 2017: UNO’s Travin Thibodeaux apologizes for First Four altercation

The Privateers junior appeared to grab teammate Christavious Gill by the throat during a timeout late in Tuesday's First Four game.

University of New Orleans junior forward Travin Thibodeaux regrets his physical altercation with teammate Christavious Gill in Tuesday's NCAA Tournament game.

"I am sorry for my erratic behavior on the most prestigious stage in college basketball," Thibodeaux wrote in a letter posted Wednesday on the UNO athletics website.

Thibodeaux appeared to grab Gill by the throat after Gill shoved Thibodeaux as the Privateers headed to their bench during a late second-half timeout. Thibodeaux had just been called for a three-second violation.

Privateers coachMark Slessinger separated the two and benched Thibodeaux for the rest of UNO's 67-66 loss toMount St. Mary's in the First Four game in Dayton, Ohio.

Afterward, Slessinger described Thibodeaux and Gill as "two extremely competitive guys" (via nola.com).


Here's the full text of Thibodeaux's letter:

I would like to extend this message to the UNO administration, coaching staff, fans, alumni, family, friends, and most importantly my teammates. I sincerely apologize for my actions tonight. I am sorry for my erratic behavior on the most prestigious stage in college basketball. I embarrassed and did not represent my university well tonight.

I am a very competitive and passionate player/person and, tonight, I let my emotions take away from my teams success and integrity. I take full responsibility for my selfish actions and I will accept whatever consequences my coaches and university's administration choose to give me.

I regret this as one of the biggest mistakes I have made in my life. I am extremely sorry to disgrace my family, my team, and university. I will take this moment as a major learning experience and work on becoming a better man/teammate.

Afterward, Slessinger described Thibodeaux and Gill as "two extremely competitive guys" (via nola.com).



To one of my closest friends on the team throughout my three years here, Christavious, I apologize and should've checked myself before I reacted. Even though that happened, I still love you with all my heart and will always have your back through whatever situation.

And to the rest of my teammates, I am sorry to have let you guys down and let my actions of stupidity overshadow our success. I never wanted my emotions to hinder our historical moment and story.

I promise to make a commitment to changing for the better of my team. It has been an honor to battle this season with you group of guys. I know it may be hard to forgive me now, but I love each and every one of you guys forever no matter what!

Sincerely,
Travin Thibodeaux













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