Brother of Providence Gaurd Jeff Xavier Storms The Court
Total Pro Sports – In the second altercation involving a fan and a player in college basketball this past Saturday, the brother of Jeff Xavier, Jonathan Xavier stormed the floor to address a referee after his brother was fouled.
The foul forced Jeff from the game because of his lack of ability to see, thanks to a swollen eye. It was a questionable decision by Jonathan to take the court as the foul did not look intentional or malicious.
Jonathan Xavier was taken to the police station and charged with disorderly conduct. Marquette coach Buzz Williams threatened to take his players off the court after Jonathan came down from about 25 rows up to approach the referee.
“I told the officials, ‘We’ll leave, because that’s extremely dangerous,'” Williams also said, “I saw the guy coming out of the stands. Forget the game; I’m going to protect the guys. I’m going to protect those guys no matter what.”
We think that the situation was escalated because of the non foul on that specific play, if you watch the video we feel it was a good no call. The players were not threatened by the situation, but they knew that a fan should not be on the basketball court, as Jerel McNeal said,
“I just saw him come out onto the floor,” he said. “And I thought about it and I was like, ‘Man, I don’t think he’s supposed to be out here.'”
As for the final result Marquette ended up winning the game and moving their record to an impressive 16-2, while the Friars drop to 11-6 on the season.