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LSU coach says flagrant foul on Davis “was just a stupid play” by his player

LSU's Malcolm White grabs Anthony Davis by the shoulders and draws a flagrant foul and ejection in Kentucky's win over LSU. (Victoria Graff photo)

LSU's Malcolm White grabs Anthony Davis by the shoulders and draws a flagrant foul and ejection in Kentucky's win over LSU. (Victoria Graff photo)


LSU coach Trent Johnson made sure that Kentucky coach John Calipari knew immediately Saturday that he did not approve the flagrant foul on his team that resulted in Anthony Davis being jerked to the floor during Saturday’s game.

LSU’s Malcolm White grabbed Davis from behind on a fast break and pulled him to the ground where Davis landed awkwardly on his back. White was ejected from the game.

“The conversation I had (with White) was immediately afterwards. I asked him what he was doing. I told him he needed to go in the locker room,” Johnson said Monday on the SEC coaches teleconference. “I went to John. He knows me and how I coach and I am not about that. It was very disturbing. It’s one thing to be physical, but another thing to be stupid. It was just a stupid play on his part. I apologized to John immediately afterwards, but John knows.”

Johnson would not divulge what other punishment he might have in mind for White since there apparently will be no further action by the SEC.

“I am not going to disclose that with everybody. I will deal with that,” the LSU coach said. “This game is meant to be played a certain way. I told Malcolm that was very distrubing to be. I will deal with it in-house, but I am not going to make it a big thing (publicly).”

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  1. Suzanne Allen

    White could have caused a serious injury to Anthony Davis with that “horse collar” play in the game Sat. If I were Trent Johnson I would tell him if he ever does something like it again he would never play for LSU again. The boy may need some anger management classes. The look on his face and the way he raised his arms before pulling AD down backward indicated he was out of control. There is no place in sports for actions like this.

  2. john l

    Here’s hoping the SEC takes a punitive stand against White,and that SEC officials will be more observant of the kind of play we witnessed Saturday at LSU.Thuggery does not belong in the game of basketball.

  3. Sarah White

    We saw it happen. It looked much worse in person. The thunk on the floor was unbelievable. The SEC should be ashamed if they don’t suspend him at least one game. And, if they don’t, Coach Johnson should. I have always like Johnson, but his reaction at the time it happened certainly did not loook as if he were that upset. On top of that a lot, and a mean a lot, of the LSU fans were cheering that it happened. Folks in front and back of me were laughing about it. Charlie had to restrain me from saying something really stupid. Of all the SEC schools I have visited – and this is one of my favorites – this is the first time I have heard fans, young and old, cheering when someone got hurt.

  4. TheProfessor

    stu·pid [stoo-pid, styoo‐] Show IPA adjective, -er, -est, noun
    1. lacking ordinary quickness and keenness of mind; dull.
    2. characterized by or proceeding from mental dullness; foolish; senseless: a stupid question.

    Noun 1. thuggery – violent or brutal acts as of thugs

    thug (thg) n. 1. A cutthroat or ruffian; a hoodlum.

    Somehow, I don’t “Stupid” is the best way to describe what I saw.

    1. RJ

      I agree. Unfortuantely, this sort of thing has been going on for a number of years but seems to have gained momentum of late. To use and overused term – coursening of society and a feeling of entitlement. Some fans have been asking for this kind of game for a long time. Now they have it and it ain’t pretty.

  5. RJ

    When does spring football start?

    1. Rerun

      WHO CARES????????????????????????????????????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!

  6. TrueBlueJohn

    Someone wrote that if LSU had tackled like that in football, they would have won the BCS championship.

  7. Bob

    What is lacking in the sport of Basketball anymore is an lot of coach’s simply are not doing there job and teaching these kids to prepair for life. There use to be so much more to the sport than putting an ball threw an hoop. Coach’s sitting by alowing player’s to put there foot on the chest of an player flat his back, step down from people whom exspress themselfs with chair throwing on an court in use, or smacking people.. I think this is wrong and bad for the sport.Now the Cinn game and the acts in this KY ,LSU game. I saw Davis threw to the floor twice in the LSU game and 5 other cheap shots. Bad play? Coach’s set examples. Seems to many fall to the pressure of wins and jobs. Question alot of people are talking about Davis and yes he great. However this kid has what alot lack class, style, and smarts. I like the way each time he got up took care of business and returned to the court and took out his anger with an basketball ! As we all saw the only way LSU could stop him was using moves from the football field. This kid is for real. He coached by the best . Go Big Blue

  8. coldspringmike

    I was at the UK-Florida football game a couple years ago when Tim Tebow got knocked cold. The first reaction from the Kentucky crowd was loud cheering for the great hit and the sack but when the majority realized that it was more than just a great play the stadium was quiet and you could feel the concern for the player laying on the ground. Sounds to me the LSU fans were hoping FOR a injury and not concerned for the player at all.

  9. Al (Cat fan in Canada) Lanman

    Better let the football analogy die folks, that type of horse-collar tackle will get you fifteen yards and possible expulsion from the game, and your opponent has on a lot protective gear.

    As to the coach’s claim that he will straighten this out in private, that is b.s. We saw what that type of thinking led to other places (I won’t draw a parallel with Penn State, that would be too extreme). He committed his “crime” in public, let him do his “time” in public. Justice must be seen to be done. We aren’t talking curfew breaking here, but a public act with the obvious intent to injure an opponent.

  10. LindaS

    Send an email to commissioner@sec.org

    Subject: Flagrant foul of Anthony Davis (UK) by Malcolm White (LSU)

    Behave yourselves and act like adults if you do send an email. This has got to stop. It is becoming dangerous and it is not fun to watch. White had HATE in his body language and in his eyes. It wasn’t a stupid mistake, it was an intentional premeditated act to seriously hurt someone. There were two more incidents like that in the game. Go back to my other story and read them. They were not the only 3 but the 3 that are in the link attached to the story.

  11. david ball

    the thing that bugged me the most about the play was when White raised his arms like he was preparing to take off and start flying…only to bring both arms down on Ant’s shoulders and pull down…not even hiding the fact that it was flagrant (which is why he was tossed immediately)…Trent Johnson is a good coach and Malcolm White put him into an awkward position…looked alot like frustration on his part, but still, no excuse…he could have caused serious injury to Ant and quite possibly ended his playing career…I have faith that TJohnson will levy the appropriate punishment to his player (as it should be)…

  12. SoCalUKfan

    Like Ron White says, “there’s not a pill you can take to fix stupid.”

    1. LindaS


    2. larryvaught

      Ron had best line of the day. Wish I had thought to write that

  13. Dan

    The SEC dropped the ball on this one.

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