The West Coast Conference has suspended BYU guard Nick Emery one game for throwing a punch in Wednesday’s loss to the Utah Utes.
Emery received a Flagrant 2 foul for “fighting” and was ejected from the game after he punched Utah’s Brandon Taylor. WCC Commissioner Lynn Holzman issued an official statement on the incident.
“West Coast Conference student-athletes are expected to adhere to the WCC’s code of conduct, which includes sportsmanship principles and standards,” Holzman said. “Sportsmanship is an essential core value of intercollegiate athletics and a value strongly reinforced by all of the members of the WCC. Mr. Emery’s behavior is unacceptable and he is being appropriately reprimanded.”
Emery also issued an apology to Taylor in an official statement.
“I apologize to Brandon Taylor for the incident that happened in the game last night,” Emery said. “He’s a great competitor and I got caught up in the intensity of the game and let my emotions get the best of me. I also want to apologize to Coach Krystowiak, his team, the fans of both schools, and my teammates and coaches. I regret what happened and will definitely learn from this experience. I’ll continue to play with passion to help our team but will do better representing myself, the team and BYU.”
Emery is averaging 14.7 points per game for the Cougars this season and will miss Saturday’s contest against the Weber State Wildcats in Salt Lake City.