University of Hawaii athletics director Ben Jay stayed home Monday as he recovers from injuries suffered from breaking up a scuffle at the UH-West Virginia women's basketball game Sunday night.
Jay told Hawaii News Now he's experiencing 'mild to severe back pain' after taking a 'very hard shot.'
The fight broke out directly behind the West Virginia bench before the trophy presentation for the Rainbow Wahine Classic.
At this time, it's unknown how the brawl started or who was involved, but Jay got hurt attempting to diffuse the situation.
Paramedics and trainers responded to the scene and fortunately, no one was taken to the hospital.
Both Jay and West Virginia University athletic director, Oliver Luck, released the following statements Monday.
Statement from University of Hawai‘i Athletics Director Ben Jay
"We apologize to our fans and our visitors from West Virginia for the unfortunate incident that occurred following our women's basketball game last night. We're pleased that no one was seriously injured and we appreciate those who assisted with keeping it from escalating further. We will speak to the parties involved and take the appropriate action to address this particular situation and help avoid future incidents. Until all facts are gathered, we will have no further comment on this matter."
Statement from West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck
"I have spoken to the University of Hawaii Director of Athletics as well as with our women's basketball head coach and team administrator. Our team is currently traveling back from Hawaii, and we are in the process of obtaining more facts about the unfortunate incident that took place after the game and prior to the trophy presentation. We will continue to work with the University of Hawaii officials to gather all the facts and bring the situation to a close."
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