Mac Etienne, a redshirt freshman forward on UCLA’s men’s basketball team, was arrested by University of Arizona police after allegedly spitting at Arizona fans following the Bruins’ 76-66 loss to the Wildcats on Thursday night at the McKale Center.
Video of the incident surfaced after the game, showing Etienne—a four-star recruit who is sitting out for the season because of a knee injury—making two spitting motions toward Arizona fans as he and his team walked off the court. He was ushered away before the situation escalated.
Etienne was allowed to return to the locker room with his team before he was arrested, cited, and then released by university police, the Associated Press reports. He was not placed in handcuffs and or taken into custody, according to Sgt. Sean Shields, the public information officer for University of Arizona police.
Shields told ESPN that Etienne will have a court date in Arizona, but could potentially be allowed to address the citation without traveling back to the state.
“UCLA Athletics is committed to and expects the highest level of sportsmanship,” UCLA athletic department spokesman Scott Markley said in a statement. “We are aware of the incident involving a student-athlete at tonight’s men’s basketball game, and the matter is under review.”
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