SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference has responded to the unsportsmanlike conduct by BYU freshman Nick Emery during last night’s men’s basketball game against the University of Utah.
Emery has been reprimanded for his actions in striking an opponent during live game action. After an in-game video review of the incident by the officiating crew, Emery was assessed and issued a Flagrant 2 foul for “fighting.” This, in turn, invoked the NCAA automatic penalty of Emery’s ejection from the game and an automatic one game suspension.
“West Coast Conference student-athletes are expected to adhere to the WCC’s code of conduct, which includes sportsmanship principles and standards,” Commissioner Lynn Holzman said. “Sportsmanship is an essential core value of intercollegiate athletics and a value strongly reinforced by all of the members of the WCC. Mr. Emery’s behavior is unacceptable and he is being appropriately reprimanded.”
Statement from BYU’s Nick Emery:
“I apologize to Brandon Taylor for the incident that happened in the game last night. He’s a great competitor and I got caught up in the intensity of the game and let my emotions get the best of me. I also want to apologize to Coach Krystkowiak, his team, the fans of both schools, and my teammates and coaches. I regret what happened and will definitely learn from this experience. I’ll continue to play with passion to help our team but will do better in representing myself, the team and BYU.”