Mike Krzyzewski Apologizes For Embarrassing Himself At Duke Game
Mike Krzyzewski apologized for embarrassing himself at the Duke game on Tuesday night.
At the end of the first half of this week’s showdown between the Blue Devils and Pitt, the Cameron Crazies started a chant directed at former Duke player and coach Jeff Capel.
Capel is now the head coach of Pitt.
“Jeff Capel, sit with us,” the crowd yelled.
Krzyzewski did not take kindly to the innocent chant.
Upon hearing it, he stormed onto the floor and yelled at them to stop. It was not until he was restrained by referee that Mike Eades that he left the court.
After the outing, Krzyzewski admitted that he overreacted and apologized.
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“Yeah, I don’t know if I made a mistake on that,” he said, “but I’ve never heard another coach’s name yelled out in the middle of the first half when we were in a war with a team.
“I thought it was something personal. I apologize to the students for that. I don’t apologize for the timing. You shouldn’t say that in the middle of the first half of an ACC game,” he continued.
“This isn’t some cutesy little thing where we can just bounce a ball around and giggle. We’ve got to fight. We’ve got to have people who are adamant about it.
“Once I heard his name … I’m not going to go say, ‘Will you please tell me exactly what you’re doing?’ So it’s a mistake on my part, but I’d rather make the mistake in protection of my guy,” he added.
“I went just at the end of the half and said look, he’s our guy. He’s our guy. That’s it. So I apologize. Let’s think of a different cheer. Like ‘defense,’ ‘let’s go,’ ‘c’mon Duke.’ Leave the other guy alone. I love Jeff.”
Duke ultimately won the game 79-67.
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