Malik Dime, a 6-foot-9 forward for the University of Washington basketball team, slapped a fan in the Colorado student section at halftime of Thursday night’s 81-66 Buffaloes win in Boulder, according to multiple reports.
Dime did not play because of a broken pinkie, the ninth straight game he’s missed.
A man who only gave his name as “Brian” told the Tacoma News Tribune’s Christian Caple that Dime walked over to the crowd from the Washington bench and slapped him.
BSN Denver’s Jake Shapiro, who also was on hand, gave this account from Brian and another member of the C-Unit, a.k.a. the Colorado student section:
“We were talking the usual game talk with the players like we usually do,” Dylan, a CU student said. “Malik looked over at us at one point and said ‘I’m gonna come over there and slap the s— out of you.’ We didn’t think that was real so we just laughed and then at the end of the half he came over to us and pretended like he was giving me a handshake and I reached out and he pulled back and slapped me in the face and the follow through hit the person sitting right next to me, which was Brian.”
“I wasn’t shocked because he said, ‘I’m gonna slap the s— out of you,’” Brian, a C-Unit member added. “Jeremiah Paige and Larry Eustachy have said worse, we have a long tradition of getting under people’s skin but nobody has ever taken physical action, and I’m surprised.” …
“I thought it was a real handshake,” Brian told. “He came over with a windup, it was a hard hit. It’s a double face, there’s no way around that.”
“One slap, two faces, I was impressed, he’s got a big wingspan,” Dylan remarked.
Shapiro reports that Dime came over to the student section after the game and shook everyone’s hand, and the C-Unit Twitter account said it was all good.
— C-Unit (@CUnitHoops) February 10, 2017
“I’m aware of it. I don’t know anything about the details. We will look into it,” Huskies Coach Lorenzo Romar said after the game.
It’s been a trying season for the Huskies, who fell to 9-15 overall and 2-10 in the Pacific-12 with Thursday’s loss. Guard Markelle Fultz, projected to be the No. 1 pick in this year’s NBA draft, didn’t play because of a sore knee.