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Stallings Apologizes for Postgame Incident

Wade Baldwin-1Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings has apologized after an incident following Vandy’s 73-65 win over Tennessee on Thursday night in Knoxville.

“After the game, an incident occurred in which I need to apologize for,” he said in a press release. “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, although displaying good sportsmanship is of the highest priority in our program.”

So what happened exactly? First, remember the backstory of what unfolded the past couple of days. Vanderbilt point guard Wade Baldwin said on Wednesday that he took offense to some of Tennessee guard Josh Richardson’s postgame comments after the Vols beat the Commodores in Nashville on Feb. 12.

Baldwin fired back, saying (via The Tennessean), “We’re going after Josh Richardson. We’re going after Tennessee. We’re going after their fans.”

After the clock hit zero on Thursday night, it appeared that Baldwin, instead of walking directly to the handshake line, approached some Tennessee players, primarily Armani Moore, and sarcastically clapped at them. Stallings, who was going through the handshake line at the time, appeared to be alerted of what happened by a Tennessee assistant coach. Stallings then left the line to force Baldwin to go through it with him behind him. Camera crews then caught Stallings scolding Baldwin with a profane statement.

Here’s some footage/comment about the incident with a language/NSFW warning for the videos:

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