Following his team’s 73-65 win at Tennessee Thursday night, Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings issued an apology for the words he directed at freshman guard Wade Baldwin IV in the postgame handshake line.
“After the game, an incident occurred in which I need to apologize for. One of our players acted inappropriately and violated what we believe is good sportsmanship following the game,” Stallings said 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.”
As the two teams were leaving the floor and joining the handshake line Baldwin clapped his hands and taunted Tennessee’s Armani Moore. In the line a Tennessee assistant told Stallings of his player’s actions, and it’s safe to say that the head coach was none too pleased with Baldwin. Stallings pulled the guard out of the handshake line and demanded he apologize to Moore, and that wasn’t all he had to say either.
Below is a video clip of the sequence (video credit: ESPN).
The words Stallings apologized for was his exclamation of “I’ll ****ing kill you” as he and Baldwin were walking through the remainder of the handshake line. On his Twitter account, Baldwin stated that he “felt no offense” to anything his coach said on the court.