Duke Hoops Player Is Reprimanded
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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) _ Duke basketball reserve Matt Christensen has received a public reprimand from the NCAA for blocking a referee from leaving the court and yelling at him after the Blue Devils’ loss to Indiana in the NCAA tournament.
The NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee said Thursday it issued the reprimand for Christensen’s treatment of referee Bruce Benedict following the March 19 game. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski pulled Christensen away from Benedict, a former major league catcher and coach.
Duke lost to Indiana 74-73 in that game.
The committee also directed Christensen to write a letter of apology to the official, which he has done. In addition, the committee will withhold from Duke the per diem for Christensen’s participation in the regional semifinal.
Lee Fowler, committee chair and director of athletics at North Carolina State, said the committee would have suspended Christensen from the next NCAA tournament game in which Duke participated had the player returned to Duke for another season.
``Mr. Christensen’s behavior seriously violated the principle of good sporting behavior that is expected of participants in intercollegiate athletics,″ Fowler said. ``We want to emphasize to everyone, particularly young people, that this type of behavior is completely unacceptable.″