Garrett Miley (@GWMiley)
Saint Joseph’s announced on Wednesday that junior forward Halil Kanacevic has been suspended for the team’s next two games for his unsportsmanlike conduct against Villanova.
“There is no place for obscene gestures or personal outbursts directed at anyone,” coach Phil Martelli said in a statement released by the university. “We have always sought to conduct ourselves in a respectful manner to our University and to our opponents, and this behavior was unacceptable and inexcusable, even in the heat of the moment.”
After making a 3-point field goal to give Saint Joseph’s a 50-47 lead, Kanacevic made an obscene gesture to the Villanova student section, making the crowd irate. After the game, Kanacevic deleted his Twitter account. Today, the junior forward was remorseful and apologetic.
“My actions were wrong and embarrassing and I strongly regret them,” Kanacevic said in that statement. “I made a mistake and I accept total responsibility for my behavior. I am sorry for the harm caused to my teammates and coaches and my actions were unbecoming of a member of our community. I sincerely apologize to both universities and to everyone who saw the game.”
Saint Joseph’s takes on Fairfield and Iona in its next two games. Kanacevic is also barred from practicing with the team during this time. He is eligible to resume basketball and team activities on December 19.