Let me first say, UCLA didn't deserve to win. How we were in the game in Seattle is beyond belief, because (a) we couldn't rebound, (2) we couldn't play defense, and (c) Collison just played horrible. We deserved to lose.
However, with 47 seconds left, we still could have won that game. If Morris takes the 5 second call, we get the ball with a chance to cut it to 2 points--and with Washington's free-throw shooting, we could have won.
It doesn't matter which school you are a fan of; NO ONE CAN WATCH THAT PLAY (Morris essentially punches Aboya) AND NOT COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT IT WAS INTENTIONAL. No one. I mean, the play speaks for itself. Morris throws the ball directly at Aboya's face, and then practically dives away because he knows the ball is going to come back at him! Insane, filthy, classless--that's all there is to say about it.
What is worse is Lorenzo Romar trying to defend the play. Bottom Line--there is no defense. Romar needs to step up and take responsibility for a very dirty play. Romar needs to admit that his player opted for unsportsman like conduct to preserve a victory.
I am further incensed with Romar saying the following:"I know Tim is not one to just go out and bean someone," Romar said. "It was in the heat of the moment and Tim made a quick decision and it happened. If I had thought Tim was trying to hurt someone I would have had an issue ..."
Please. Anybody who watched the play can see that that is exactly what Morris was doing. It was intentional and dirty.
There is only one reason why Romar is protecting Morris: they are family. This from The Daily (University of Washington's newspaper):Even though six players on the UW's roster have been here longer than Morris, his relationship with Romar began well before anyone else wearing purple and gold.
Romar and Morris are second cousins (Morris' dad is the brother of Romar's mother, for those of you scoring at home). The two met when Tim was 2 years old.
As Romar described with a laugh, back then balance wasn't quite Morris' strong suit yet.
"There's a picture at my house of Morris and my oldest daughter when he was 2," Romar said. "They were hugging for the picture, and they both fell."
Before too long, it was Morris' jumpers that began falling. He caught Romar's attention the first time he saw him play, when Morris was an eighth grader visiting Romar's basketball camp at Pepperdine, where he was coaching at the time.
"That's when I knew. I told his dad, `He's going to be really good,'" Romar said. "We've stayed in touch ever since."
That's right, Romar is protecting his family.
This is so disgusting and disingenuious, I just am beside myself.
Let's not forget, Morris used to be at Stanford. But he couldn't cut it there, and because he selfishly wanted more playing time, he traded in a Stanford degree for a UW degree, and abandoned his team to help himself. This is not a smart kid. I have no doubt that his behavior and attitude problems (which he clearly has) got him booted from Stanford. And the only person willing to take this kid in was his second-cousin, Lorenzo Romar, who Morris refers to as his "uncle."It was more like an uncle relationship," Morris said.
Someone needs to step in an apologize. We can't expect Romar to do the right thing, he's Morris' uncle or cousin or whatever.
But some unconflicted person needs to do the right thing. It is clear Romar gave a dirty player a scholarship after he blew other opportunities, and now, Romar is trying to protect that player. Who else in the world would protect a Dirty Filthy Mangy Stray Dog but family.
This situation is exactly why Athletic Directors exist. Sometimes players and coaches are just too close to the situation.
Regardless of an apology, let's hope the Bruins can use this as motivation. And this final point can't be made too many times: Alfred Aboya handled the situation brilliantly and with tremendous class. He made UCLA and Cameroon proud on Sunday, and he deserves a lot of credit.