Cincinnati forward Yancy Gates (right) punches Xavier guard Tu Holloway during a fight in the closing moments of Saturday’s ”Crosstown Shootout.” (Al Behrman/AP)

But the post-game press conference soundclips — which included Musketeers star Tu Holloway claiming his team had “a whole bunch of gangstas in the locker room” — were just as alarming as the on-court violence.

On Sunday, both school suspended four players for their involvement in the fight, but criminal charges could be on the way.

Hamilton County Ohio prosecutor Joe Deters said Monday that he will determine if criminal charges are appropriate following the melee that broke out in the final seconds of Xavier’s 76-53 win.

In a statement, Deters said possible charges could include assault and battery or disorderly conduct.

Xavier center Kenny Frease wasn’t feeling like a “gangsta” after taking a punch in the eye during Saturday’s brawl. (Al Behrman/AP)

Holloway will sit for one game for the Musketeers, junior Mark Lyons got a two-game ban and freshman Dezmine Wells and sophomore Landon Amos were suspended for four games.

Holloway’s words after the fight will no doubt linger, even after his 40-minute news conference on Sunday, arranged by the school in an effort to throw some water on the fire.

“I talked to that whole staff. I said, ‘This is my city. I’m cut from a different cloth,’” Holloway said immediately after the game. “None of them guys on their team is like me. I let the whole staff know none of them was like me.”

He followed by saying: “I don’t regret anything that happened.”

On Sunday, Holloway recanted, but for many, those words might ring hollow.

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