NCAA Tourney Star Bassett Arrested for Breaking Bouncer's Nose; Cavs To Blame?

Although the Ohio Bobcats didn't advance to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament back in March, they did score the largest numerical upset of this year's Big Dance when they knocked off No. 3 seed Georgetown in the first round. The catalyst for that game was former Indiana guard Armon Bassett, who scored 32 points in the contest. ↵

↵Since then, Bassett has declared for the NBA draft -- but not retained the services of an agent. Like everyone else declaring early without an agent, Bassett has until May 8 to remove his name from the draft. His odds of even being drafted seemed long, but would off-the-court trouble on the Athens campus keep him in the draft? That's the question he'll face after being arrested this weekend. He was accused of assaulting a bouncer on Saturday night: ↵

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↵⇥Armon Dante Bassett, 23, assaulted a doorman at Courtside Pizza and Bar, 85 N. Court St., at about 11 p.m. Bassett, who lives in Dougan House, then fled on foot to the Verizon parking lot on the same street, according to a police report from the Athens Police Department. ↵⇥

↵⇥Courtside Pizza and Bar employees refused to comment Sunday. ↵⇥

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↵⇥Onlookers stopped Bassett and told police he had assaulted doorman John Willis, who appeared to have a broken nose, according to the report. ↵⇥

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↵⇥"We are aware of the incident and are in the process of gathering all of the details. At the appropriate time, we will make an informed decision regarding this situation," Jason Corriher, the assistant athletic director for media relations, said in an e-mail. ↵⇥

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↵This would be your run-of-the-mill athlete arrest if not for the fact that Cleveland Cavaliers smack talk might be to blame. TBL floats this theory today and while that wouldn't generally be enough for me to lay it out there, my time following Bassett on Twitter tells me it makes sense. Bassett has been very outspoken on his Twitter account, which was always "protected" but is now deleted, about his dislike for the Cleveland Cavaliers. One of his teammates even hashtagged him #teamclevelandhaters in a tweet. ↵

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↵So when I heard he'd been nabbed for breaking a bouncer's nose, I went back and grabbed a tweet Bassett had posted Saturday night that I e-mailed to a friend for a laugh. The tweet, obviously gone now with his entire account, read (NSFW-ishly) as follows: ↵

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↵⇥All cavs fan EAD wit AIDS on it!! -I could care less if y'all win or not I'm still going to talk ish regardless..Lakers/Kobe all day #owwwww ↵
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↵And I'd really rather than explain what "EAD" means, but let's say it's unpleasant and leave it at that. But if he carried that kind of rhetoric with him into a public setting, it wouldn't be all that surprising if he found himself in a fight on Saturday night during the Celtics-Cavs game. He's in court this morning, so it'll be interesting to hear what details emerge regarding the incident. If it was really as petty as smack talk about the Cavs, that's a pretty sad way to finish your college career. ↵

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↵Full disclosure: I went to Ohio University. This is just a super proud moment for me personally. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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