Fan involved in UH basketball brawl tells his side of the story - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Fan involved in UH basketball brawl tells his side of the story

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Henry McShane has been coming to the Stan Sheriff Center for years as a big fan of University of Hawaii sports. And he says he was just being a fan when a fight broke out Nov. 17 after a game at the Rainbow Wahine Basketball Tournament.

The melee occurred after West Virginia defeated the UH Rainbow Wahine, 59-56. UH Athletic Director Ben Jan was injured trying to break up the fight.

McShane, a 54-year-old truck driver from Nanakuli, explained that he was sitting in the West Virginia section because that's where he had been sitting for an earlier game in the tournament.

"He gets into it," said his daughter, Hiilani McShane. "He's a real excited and passionate person about basketball and sports, especially about UH."

Just after the final buzzer, McShane yelled that West Virginia didn't belong in the Big 12 Conference, a remark that caught the attention of the West Virginia assistant coach.

"He said 'Yeah, come down here and say that,'" said McShane. "I said okay. So I walked down the stairs to go down to the railing and tell him, 'You don't belong in the Big 12 because you beat us by three points.' It was silly. It was a silly thing."

But McShane found out that it wasn't silly to West Virginia fans.

"Forty, 50 of them just piled me," he said. "I went over three rows of chairs, over the railing on the concrete, on my hands and knees, because I didn't want to go on my chest or I would be crushed."

McShane said you couldn't see him in the video of the fight because he's at the bottom of the pile of fans fighting. 

McShane also said he was upset when Jay released a photo of him that was taken immediately after the fight.

McShane and his daughter met with Jay for more than an hour, during which discussions sometimes became heated. But afterward, they agreed that while McShane may have been wrong to approach the West Virginia coach, "It was fans from West Virginia who attacked Henry at this time, so Henry is the victim in this," said Jay.

Jay is still recovering from his injuries, and said the incident was a lesson to be more aware of possible volatile situations during and after games.

"We need to recognize those things in the future," he said. "Also, we added security for the safety of our fans and everyone involved."

After the meeting, McShane and his daughter said they were satisfied.

Jay said no action will be taken against McShane, and he considers the matter closed.

 

Follow Ben Gutierrez:    

Copyright 2013 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. 

  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • 'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children stokes rage over separation

    'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children stokes rage over separation

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 1:20 AM EDT2018-06-19 05:20:32 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 9:14 AM EDT2018-06-22 13:14:19 GMT
    (U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP). In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the...(U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP). In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the...
    An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking cries of small Spanish-speaking children being processed by U.S. officials stoked the uproar over the policy of separating immigrant children from their...More >>
    An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking cries of small Spanish-speaking children being processed by U.S. officials stoked the uproar over the policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.More >>
  • American asks US not to put migrant children on flights

    American asks US not to put migrant children on flights

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 1:21 PM EDT2018-06-20 17:21:43 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 8:42 AM EDT2018-06-22 12:42:56 GMT
    United and American Airlines asked the federal government not to use their companies to transport migrant children who were separated from their parents. (Source: Facebook)United and American Airlines asked the federal government not to use their companies to transport migrant children who were separated from their parents. (Source: Facebook)

    American Airlines says it has asked the US not to use its flights to transport migrant children who have been separated from their parents.

    More >>

    American Airlines says it has asked the US not to use its flights to transport migrant children who have been separated from their parents.

    More >>
  • Trump says he'll be 'signing something' on detained children

    Trump says he'll be 'signing something' on detained children

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 11:21 AM EDT2018-06-20 15:21:21 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 8:42 AM EDT2018-06-22 12:42:37 GMT
    A boy stares out of a heavily tinted bus window leaving a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility Tuesday in McAllen, TX. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)A boy stares out of a heavily tinted bus window leaving a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility Tuesday in McAllen, TX. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Trump signs executive order to keep families together at border, says 'zero-tolerance' prosecution policy will continue.

    More >>

    Trump signs executive order to keep families together at border, says 'zero-tolerance' prosecution policy will continue.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly