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Xavier's Frease extends olive branch to Gates

Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:22 am
Edited on: December 15, 2011 11:25 am

By Jeff Goodman

Give Kenny Frease credit. 

Xavier's big man, who took the hardest hit in the Musketeers brawl with Cincinnati last Saturday, extended the olive branch to Yancy Gates - the guy who sent him to the floor with a vicious right-hand. 

It came via a text message. 

“I just wanted to let him know that…I mean, I saw a lot of the stuff coming out about how the police and stuff were looking into it and I just wanted him to know that anything that was coming from that wasn’t from my end. I never wanted to press charges against him,” Frease told Shannon Russell of the Cincinnati Enquirer Wednesday. 

“People make mistakes in the heat of battle," he continued. "I’ve made mistakes in my life in emotional situations. I don’t think that’s a reason…especially in a basketball game. Obviously there’s no room for that in a basketball game. But to pursue somebody criminally for something that happens in something that’s that competititve – it seemed immature to me. And I didn’t want him to be punished for something for his whole life because of something that he did in a game that is that emotional.”

Frease got clocked by Gates, then was stomped on by Chiekh Mbodj while he was down on the ground. Both Gates and Mbodj received six-game suspensions for their actions. Frease received seven stitches near his left eye. 

There was speculation that prosecutors might seek criminal charges from the fight, but Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said on Wednesday that would not be the case - and praised Frease for his stance. Xavier athletic director Mike Bobinski told he was impressed by Frease's actions. 

"I think it was extremely mature on his part," Bobinski said. "I admire it quite honestly. It was a good move on his part." 

Frease told the newspaper that Gates thanked him for reaching out and also apologized. 

“I think that you can really feel that both sides of the situation know that that’s not what either of our universities are about or NCAA sports are about," Frease told the Enquirer. "This sort of puts a bad name on athletes." 

“I think people being able to move past it quickly is something that we need to be able to do, just to protect the names of our schools. They’re both great universities. I think that once we can move past it, everybody can sort of remember the things that made our universities great and not just what happened this weekend.”

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Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2011 4:50 pm

Xavier's Frease extends olive branch to Gates

Throw the thug out of college and put his dumb, cheap-shotting, sucker-punching arse in prison where he is going to end up.  This piece of trash must be a follower of LaGarthug Blount, another waste of oxygen.

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2011 3:23 pm

Xavier's Frease extends olive branch to Gates

The brawl was ugly and could have been a whole lot worse.  It was nice to see someone like Frease who was willing to put the incident aside and forgive Gates over what happened.  You don't see a lot of athletes (pro, college, prep, or even youth) who would even go to that length and show some respect to someone else.

Since: Jan 2, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 3:09 pm

Xavier's Frease extends olive branch to Gates

Obiviously you cant do anything just because its the heat of the moment. but i dont think gates for this.

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:47 am

Xavier's Frease extends olive branch to Gates

I don't understand the argument that one action, done in the heat of the moment, doesn't represent his character and shouldn't effect his entire life. I'm pretty sure that lawyers have used that argument for plenty of prison inmates.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:23 am

Xavier's Frease extends olive branch to Gates

Second, fights have nothing to do with race.

There have been times when they did....

I'm just glad Frease was not seriously injured, unlike the man who got stomped in the video.  He was carried off the court on a stretcher on his way to the ICU.  Classy move by Frease.

Since: Jan 22, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 10:26 pm

Xavier's Frease extends olive branch to Gates

I can see maybe that Gates got too out of hand when he threw that punch.I dont agree but I can see how one could have that opinion.Mdobj kicking Frease when he was down is totally unacceptable.There can be no justification.jmho.

Since: Jun 25, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 5:58 pm

Xavier's Frease extends olive branch to Gates

Let me just say that you shouldn't take the minute of video and some other snippets of info and make a determination of these player's character. Gates, Wells, Mdobj, etc made a mistake. There was testosterone and adrenaline and they did something they regret. We do this too much with people in the spotlight, where we take one thing and apply it to a person's entire life.

Second, fights have nothing to do with race. The most white dominated league (the NHL) has the most fights. 

Since: Dec 15, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 4:25 pm

Xavier's Frease extends olive branch to Gates

Psst!  Your sheet is showing!  You can disguise it however you want, but there is no value added by that asinine argument.  Hurry, before you miss your Klan meeting.

Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 2:34 pm

Xavier's Frease extends olive branch to Gates

Thanks BorisG23. I knew someone would figure it out. Great comments.

Since: Jan 9, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 2:26 pm

Xavier's Frease extends olive branch to Gates

This is what basketball is all about. The competetive nature of the game leads to emotions taking over, there's no doubt about that. Obviously Cincinatti didn't expect to get demolished by Xavier, so they were not happy about it. With this being the case, the actions of Gates and Mbodj were too far, but the fact that Gates realized this and apologized, and the fact that Frease realized the heat of the situation shows a lot of maturity from these young adults. In all honesty I was expecting a longer suspension, just because of the way that fight turned out and the fact that kids watch these games etc; but the suspension ended up being fair for both sides. I think the players and the NCAA handled the aftermath of this incident very well.

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