Vanderbilt Coach Kevin Stallings Tells Player “I’m Going to F–king Kill You” (Video)
I don’t know if Vanderbilt men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings was hungry, or if he didn’t get much sleep the night before, or what. But on Thursday night, after his team won a big game, the dude went from 0 to 100 in about 0.06 seconds when he found out that one of his players did something unsportsmanlike at the end of the game.
The player in question was Wade Baldwin. As the clock ran out on Vandy’s 73-65 victory over SEC rival Tennessee, Baldwin clapped in the general direction of the Volunteers’ Armani Moore. It was a fairly mild taunt, but it was a taunt.
Coach Stallings didn’t see the incident at first. But a Tennessee coach ratted Baldwin out, and Stallings yanked Baldwin out of the handshake line, demanded he apologize to Moore, and berated Baldwin with profanities, at one point saying “I’m going to f–king kill you.”
Have a look:
Now, it’s generally not a good idea to tell your players you are going to murder them within earshot of TV microphones. That’s why Stallings apologized afterward to Wade Baldwin, Vanderbilt fans, and the Vanderbilt administration. But in Stallings’s defense, it’s nice to see a coach care that much about sportsmanship. And in case you’re wondering, Baldwin took no offense:
Coach Stallings is the best coach in America. I felt no offense to anything. We are both fiery people and that’s why I chose Vandy — Wade Baldwin IV (@The_Fourth_Wade) February 27, 2015
Hat Tip – [ESPN]