Washington Huskies forward Malik Dime apparently doesn’t take too kindly to hecklers.
During halftime of an 81-66 loss at Colorado on Thursday night Dime slapped a student heckler. Dime reportedly walked up to the student before slapping him after the halftime buzzer sounded and had to be restrained by Washington coaches.
“I’m aware of it,” Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said. “I don’t know anything about the details. I will look into it.”
The Tacoma News Tribune later reported that a man who referred to himself only as ‘Brian’ identified himself as the man slapped by Dime stating that “everything’s been made right,”.
Dime, a 6’9″ forward from Dakar, Senegal, didn’t play in the game as he sat out his ninth straight game due to a broken finger.
A report from BSNDenver elaborated on the incident, which included statements from witnesses and also indicates that Dime slapped another person during the altercation.
“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 said. “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 added.
“Front row, every game, usually the players go along with my smack and by the end of the game, I usually become friends with the players I talk trash to,” Dylan entailed. “I became friendly with a bunch of guys on their bench already, but Malik was just not having it…. Jeremiah Paige from CSU yelled at us, but on the other side I also became friends with Nick Kerr, who is Steve Kerr’s son, he even followed me on Twitter.”
“Definitely uncalled for, plus if he’s gonna slap me, don’t fake the handshake just come and swat me,” a rather triumphant Brian said laughing.
“We’re not trying to get anyone in trouble—the C-Unit—we’re good people,” Brian said. “It’s all in the fun of the game, we got a lot of love for Malik, the people of Seattle and Washington here in the C-Unit, and we got Powerade’s out of it, we got respect for them.”