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Arizona sophomore guard Bennedict Mathurin reached ou Conference USA Gear clothes t to TCU to apologize to a TCU cheerleader following an incident in which the 2021-22 Pac-12 Player of the Year may have touched her chest.
The WVU vs. Pitt Rivalry Shirts incident in question happened after the Wildcats' 85-80 victory over the Horned Frogs in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in which Mathurin scored a game-high 30 points on 8-of-19 shooting, eight rebounds and four assists. Video shows Mathurin taking a bow toward the crowd before exiting the arena with his arms outstretched.
Video shows his hand comes close to the chest of a nearby cheerleader American University Eagles Jerseys before he withdrew it.
It's uncertain whether, based on both videos' vantage points, he made contact with the cheerleader. Regardless, Mathurin — who said he doesn't recall making contact with her — said he has reached out through TCU's athletic department to apologize. NCAA Crewneck SweatJerseys
"I actually sent an email trying to reach out to the cheerleader," Mathurin said during media availability on Wednesday. "Through the TCU athletic department, I reached out to her and that is it."
When Eastern Connecticut State W NCAA Spirit shirt arriors Jerseys asked a follow-up question as to whether he had spoken to the cheerleader, Mathurin responded, "I answered your question."
Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke backed up Mathurin's claim, saying he reached out to the TCU cheerleader in a Wednesday statement.
"Shortly after returning to Tucson, I was notified that people on social media were claiming a video clip showed Bennedict Mathurin may have made physical contact with a TCU student Boise State Broncos shirt while walking off the court. I have reached out to TCU's athletics department and I spoke with Bennedict," Heeke said, ).
"While he does not recall any contact, he has attempted to reach out to the TCU student through their athletic department to apologize."
TCU AD Jeremiah Donati also confirmed Mathurin and the cheerleader had “been in contact,” but did not elaborate further.
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