Basketball Altercation Grabs Statewide Attention - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Jonesboro, AR -- Lauren Payne Reports

Basketball Altercation Grabs Statewide Attention

February 11, 2005 -- Posted 11:00 p.m. CST

JONESBORO -- The floor is quiet and seats are empty, but that was not the case at the Convocation Center on Thursday night.

The intense rivalry between UALR and ASU erupted into a heated confrontation between ASU fans, and the coaches and players on UALR's team.

Intense moments on the court, too often, are carried off the court.

This time, it was in Jonesboro.

"There's always talking to the coaches and talking to the players--just trying to get in their head down by where we sit. There was not profanity that I heard,"said Rusty Acebo.

Rusty Acebo said UALR's head basketball coach accused him of using profanity.

Acebo says the coach had the wrong guy.

"We're just arguing back and forth. With that, he started coming at us. I am still talking with my hands, and had a water bottle in my hands. He just kind of brushed up against it. I never felt like I was in harms way,"said Acebo.

Acebo said security guards told him to leave the game.

He says he repeatedly asked why, but never got an answer.

Thursday night's altercation has ASU's Athletic Department taking a proactive approach to make sure there is not a repeat performance.

Dr. Dean Lee works for ASU's Athletic Department.

"Immediately, we will increase security around the visiting team, and we'll look at other things we can do from a preventative measure.  Hopefully, we won't have another event like this in the future....ever, "said Lee.

Dr. Lee says as each violent incident occurs at any level, in any sport, he and his staff meet to discuss what can be learned from each situation, and how to avoid similar incidents on the campus of ASU.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • breaking

    Dollar General store a total loss after fire

    Dollar General store a total loss after fire

    Friday, June 22 2018 10:35 PM EDT2018-06-23 02:35:05 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 12:49 AM EDT2018-06-23 04:49:47 GMT
    Firefighters were at the scene of a fire Friday night at the Dollar General at the corner of Johnson Avenue and Main Street. (Source: KAIT-TV)Firefighters were at the scene of a fire Friday night at the Dollar General at the corner of Johnson Avenue and Main Street. (Source: KAIT-TV)

    A Jonesboro Dollar General store is a total loss after a fire Friday night

    A Jonesboro Dollar General store is a total loss after a fire Friday night

  • Sinkhole at Spring River continues to grow, official says

    Sinkhole at Spring River continues to grow, official says

    Friday, June 22 2018 7:28 PM EDT2018-06-22 23:28:30 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 11:28 PM EDT2018-06-23 03:28:41 GMT
    Officials are working to find a solution to a sinkhole on the Spring River in Fulton County. (Source: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Facebook page)Officials are working to find a solution to a sinkhole on the Spring River in Fulton County. (Source: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Facebook page)
    Officials are working to find a solution to a sinkhole on the Spring River in Fulton County. (Source: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Facebook page)Officials are working to find a solution to a sinkhole on the Spring River in Fulton County. (Source: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Facebook page)

    A sinkhole in the Spring River in Fulton County where a man was killed earlier this month faces major safety issues as officials continue to work on a solution to the issue. 

    A sinkhole in the Spring River in Fulton County where a man was killed earlier this month faces major safety issues as officials continue to work on a solution to the issue. 

  • A-State to add musical theatre to degree program

    A-State to add musical theatre to degree program

    Friday, June 22 2018 8:00 PM EDT2018-06-23 00:00:34 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 10:15 PM EDT2018-06-23 02:15:29 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The introduction of musical theatre as part of the Department of Theatre at Arkansas State University will provide students in the field with a key opportunity to learn more on the emerging field, university officials said Friday. 

    The introduction of musical theatre as part of the Department of Theatre at Arkansas State University will provide students in the field with a key opportunity to learn more on the emerging field, university officials said Friday. 

Powered by Frankly