UCLA Basketball: Mac Etienne Arrested After Allegedly Spitting on Arizona Fan
The incident occurred as the team was heading back to the locker room after losing to the Wildcats.
After last night’s loss to Arizona, redshirt freshman forward Mac Etienne was arrested and cited for assault after appearing to spit on an Arizona fan, according to a report from ESPN.
ESPN’s article includes footage of the incident in question. Barstool Sports Arizona’s Twitter feed has video of the incident from a different angle.
ESPN’s article describes Etienne’s arrest:
Etienne returned to the locker room with his team before University of Arizona police officers told him he would be placed under arrest and issued a citation for assault with "the intent to injure, provoke or insult" another person, Sgt. Sean Shields, the public information officer for University of Arizona police, told ESPN late Thursday.
Etienne was not placed in handcuffs, Shields said.
"We allowed him to go with the team back to the locker room," Shields said. "And he was arrested for assault."
UCLA issued a statement late last night:
UCLA Athletics is committed to and expects the highest level of sportsmanship. We are aware of the incident involving a student-athlete at tonight's men's basketball game, and the matter is under review.
It’s one thing for the team to lose to Arizona. It’s something else for a player to appear to act like this.