Arizona sophomore guard Bennedict Mathurin said that he has attempted to apologize to a TCU dance team member after inadvertently making contact with her after the Wildcats’ second-round victory.

A video making the rounds on social media shows the Pac-12 Player of the Year possibly making contact with the chest of the other school’s cheer member.

Mathurin said he sent an apology email via TCU’s athletic department but did not mention if he got a response. He also didn’t answer a follow-up question about whether he recalled touching the dancer after the game.

“Shortly after returning to Tucson, I was notified that people on social media were claiming a video clip showed Bennedict Mathurin may have made physical contact with a TCU student while walking off the court,” Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke said in a statement. “I have reached out to TCU’s Athletics Department, and I spoke with Bennedict. While he does not recall any contact, he has attempted to reach out to the TCU student through their Athletic Department to apologize.”


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“We were as surprised as anybody,” said Coach Tommy Lloyd. “I’m just going to refer to that statement from Dave about the situation.”

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