The UGA fan who threw the toy bulldog onto the court in the final seconds of a Georgia basketball game and may have cost the Bulldogs a win … has finally spoken out about the incident.
Quick recap: With Mississippi State and UGA tied at 67-all with 0.5 seconds left, MSU’s Quinndary Weatherspoon was fouled and missed his first free throw. The referees noticed a toy bulldog thrown onto the court behind Weatherspoon, and penalized UGA with a technical. Weatherspoon made gifted technical foul shot for the game-winning point, and then he missed the final free throw to run out the clock.
Back to the Georgia fan: This person talked on the condition of anonymity, explaining his thought process to UGA’s student newspaper, the Red & Black (reported by Michael Herbert). Here’s an excerpt:
“I just want everyone to know it’s my fault. We could have won, but I didn’t give them the chance … So, a lot of people around me, they were pointing at me and they were snitching on me that it was me, but I never left my spot. I didn’t run away or anything, I stood there.
“So after I got this mess, I had to check all my social media, what’s going on. People were still threatening me, and I couldn’t sleep at night.
In my mind, I’m actually done for, and this was all my part because I did the thing. It wasn’t totally my fault that the team lost, but it was my fault that it happened … I took full responsibility for it. I let people boo at me because I deserved it. It’s how life goes, sometimes you make mistakes, sometimes you don’t. You’ve got to learn from it.”
To read the interview in its entirety, please go here.
Note: This person was banned from UGA basketball games for the rest of the season, and he’s also had his ticket-buying privileges revoked for an unspecified amount of time, per DawgNation’s Chip Towers.