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Vanderbilt Coach Apologizes For Cursing Out His Player

Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings issued multiple apologies after he was caught on camera berating one of his players, yelling, among other things, "I'm going to fucking kill you."

In the closing seconds of Vandy's 73-65 win over Tennessee, Commodore guard Wade Baldwin IV clapped in the face of a Vols player. When Stallings was told by an assistant, he pulled Baldwin to the front of the handshake line and ordered him to apologize to the Tennessee player. The video above should be cued up; if not, it starts at 0:34.


Stallings had this to say to ESPN:

"I handled it completely inappropriately and I apologized to Wade — and I need to apologize to our fans and the Vanderbilt administration. Having said that, and it may seem as though I'm trying to rationalize my behavior, sportsmanship will continue to be a high priority. I did not mean it in the literal sense and I've never touched a player in all my years as a coach. That's not me. I will learn from this and handle this situation differently in the future."

In an additional statement released by the university, Stallings said,

"One of our players acted inappropriately and violated what we believe is good sportsmanship following the game. In my haste to resolve the situation, I made a very inappropriate comment. While obviously it was not meant literally, it was still inappropriate. I apologized to the player immediately following the game. Displaying good sportsmanship is of the highest priority in our program win or lose. I am very remorseful of my actions tonight."


Baldwin seems cool about the whole thing:


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