The Arkansas Razorbacks were bounced from the SEC Tournament Friday and head coach Eric Musselman and his staff weren’t happy.
Following a 67-61 loss to Texas A&M in the quarterfinals, a arkansas staff member he approached a student reporter who was filming Musselman’s exit from the ground and was accused of grabbing and throwing the phone to the ground.
Jack Weaver, a photojournalist and photo editor for the Kentucky Kernel, he was filming Musselman when a staffer showed up to take his phone.
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Weaver accused the staff member of throwing her phone on the ground.
The Kentucky Kernel, the student-run newspaper for the university of kentuckyissued a statement condemning the actions of the Arkansas staff member.
“The Kentucky Kernel is shocked by the actions of the Arkansas men’s basketball program,” the newspaper said on Twitter. «[Jack Weaver] always stands for professionalism at work and no journalist, especially a journalism student, should be subjected to violence simply for doing their job.»
It was a frustrating loss for the Razorbacks, as Musselman had to be held by his assistant several times during the game.
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Arkansas held a 40-27 lead in the second half before Texas A&M he went on a 19-5 run to take the lead.
«For a lot of the game, we had a lead. I mean, we had a lead for 27 minutes or whatever,» Musselman said. «Obviously, we played a very good first half and a poor second half. I give Texas A&M credit for their play in the second half.»
Musselman did not address the incident after the game.
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With victory, the advanced aggies to the tournament semifinals against Vanderbilt, while Arkansas will have to see where they land in the NCAA Tournament.
Associated Press contributed to this report.