The number 14 Coogs was altered last Saturday, 83-82, with a questionable late-game ban as a pushback attempt to win went awry. UH head coach Kelvin Sampson wants a scoring call that would help Houston get its ninth win of the season.
But not being awarded a basket, UH had to leave the field in Tuscaloosa with a crushing defeat and overflowing emotions.
In a video posted to Twitter by user AustinRader 24, a Houston aide is seen destroying a chair and kicking another as he leaves the courthouse.
A Houston player, identified as senior Reggie Chaney, was also seen banging trash cans and toppling trash cans on the floor as he made his way to the locker room.
But almost immediately, Chaney’s teammate Jamal Shead, a sophomore, immediately started picking up trash. That was the scene pointed out by Twitter users and some Alabama fans in the stands.
“Courage to Jamal Shead for picking up trash,” Rader tweeted.
Instant praise for Shead.
“That’s (sic) what the classroom looks like. His teammates should learn from him,” said Twitter user Butlebj.
That’s what the class looks like. His teammates should learn from him
– Brett (@Butlebj) December 12, 2021
“Showing class like this in the midst of pure chaos… So much emotion. I can’t say I would handle myself like this guy his age or now. Good for you. there,” @Julioarenas19 tweeted.
Show class like this in the midst of pure chaos.
Shead played a great game. Bad ending for Houston.
A lot of emotions.
I can’t say I would handle myself like this guy his age or now.
Good for him.
– SLOAN (@ Julioarenas19) December 12, 2021
The video has been viewed more than 3.8 million times on Twitter as of Monday just before noon, thanks to outlets like ESPN’s SportsCenter picking it up.
After this gesture, many people from the Houston camp came forward to apologize for the disappointment on display.
“Just received a call from [head coach Kelvin Sampson], someone I’ve known since high school. He sincerely apologizes for how things ended after last night’s game in Coleman (Colosseum). He also called [Alabama head coach Nate Oats]. Thanks to Coach Sampson for reaching out,” tweeted Greg Byrne, Director of Athletics at the University of Alabama.
Just received a call from @CoachSampsonUH, someone I’ve known since high school. He sincerely apologizes for how things ended after last night’s game at Coleman. He also called @nate_oats. Thanks to Coach Sampson for reaching out.
– Greg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne) December 13, 2021
Kellen Sampson, son of Kelvin, who is also an assistant to UH, also regrets what happened.
“At the end of yesterday’s match, I let my emotions flare up. I sincerely apologize to @AlabamaMBB and their fan base for my actions. I understand my role as a player. a coach and my response is not a man’s leader. I will be better moving forward,” Kellen tweeted on Sunday.
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