The Iowa State men’s basketball team won big at Iowa on Friday night, and Cyclones forward Georges Niang didn’t make Hawkeye fans very happy.
Here is a Vine of his basket near the end of the Cyclones’ 90-75 victory (it comes from Ted Flint) where Niang blows a kiss to the Iowa student section:
“I’d rather he didn’t do it,” Iowa State basketball coach Fred Hoiberg told reporters, “but it’s kind of what makes Georges who he is.”
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And Niang’s explanation to The Des Moines Register: “They just heckle us, in the crowd. The reason I blew the kiss is to just say I appreciate you guys doing that and we’re going to head out of here. It’s just the heat of moment. It’s probably something I shouldn’t have done, but when your emotions are so high — and I’m an emotional player — it just happened. I wasn’t really trying to violate or disrespect anyone. It just happened.”
The reaction, as you might expect, was mixed on Twitter:
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