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Fans support Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings, who apologized for telling player: ‘I’ll … kill you’

Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings gave instructions to his players in a game against Missouri last Saturday in Nashville, Tenn.
Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings gave instructions to his players in a game against Missouri last Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. The Associated Press

Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings was incensed following the Commodores’ 73-65 win over Tennessee on Thursday night.

Vandy guard Wade Baldwin clapped in the face of a Tennessee player after the game. Stallings, angry about the lack of sportsmanship, yelled at Baldwin and was caught saying, “We don’t do that! I’ll (expletive deleted) kill you!”

Here is a Vine of the moment (from Jim Weber):

Stallings apologized:

“After the game, an incident occurred in which I need to apologize for,” Stallings said in a statement that was on zagsblog.com. “One of our players acted inappropriately and violated what we believe is good sportsmanship 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. Displaying good sportsmanship is of the highest priority in our program win or lose. I am very remorseful of my actions tonight.”

The reaction from fans was mostly in support of Stallings, who was an assistant at Kansas from 1988-93.

And one dissenting vote:

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