MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Tigers Men’s Head Basketball Coach Penny Hardaway posted an apology on his Instagram account Friday night after going viral for his profanity-fueled post-game interview following Thursday night’s loss to SMU.
The post said, “Memphis and the Tiger family I Love You. gotgotus🙏🏾 🐅 🐅🐅”
Penny started the video by saying, “Memphis I just wanted to let you guys know that I love you Tiger Nation I love you. I want to issue an apology to our school, our players, and our fans. I let my emotions get the best of me last night. That’s not the way we handle situations.”
During his post-game news conference, a radio talk show host and columnist asked Hardaway if he could still get it done in Memphis. Hardaway showed everyone how much he didn’t care for the line of questioning after the Tiger’s 8th loss of the season.
Here’s Penny’s full response to the question that set him off.
“I think the one thing I can say to this media because this media gets f****d up sometimes when it comes to me. We don’t have our full roster. You know we don’t have our full roster. Stop asking me stupid f***ing questions about if I feel like I can do something. If I had my roster like they did, then I feel like I can do whatever I want to do. I’m coaching really hard, my boys are playing really hard, I’m not embarrassed about nothing. We had four freshmen starting. Y’all need to act like it. Act like we got 17-, 18- and 19-year-olds out here trying to learn how to play against 22-, 23- and 24-year-old guys. C’mon, man, stop disrespecting me, bro. Don’t do that. I work too f***ing hard, I work way too hard for that. Y’all write all these b***s*** articles about me, and all I do is work. We got young kids on the floor.”
Memphis is scheduled to face last-place Tulsa Sunday afternoon. The Tigers haven’t won in Tulsa since March 2012.
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