Lance Stephenson admits that 19-year-old Lance Stephenson probably got carried away a time or two, but he says he never got that carried away. When the former Cincinnati Bearcat was asked if he remembers calling Xavier coach Chris Mack the n-word during a 2009-10 game -- which the coach accused him of after an NCAA game Saturday -- Stephenson denied it. "I probably said something else negative," the Indiana Pacers forward said,"but I definitely didn’t call him that." Why in the world would Mack bring up that interaction for the first time nearly a decade later? Let's rewind a little bit. Mack's accusation came after a contentious game Saturday between his Xavier Musketeers and their rival Cincinnati Bearcats. The craziness began when Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin reportedly needed to be restrained from going after Xavier player JP Macura as he screamed, "You want a piece of me, (expletive)?" Cronin said after the game that Macura told him to "Eff off" three times during the game and that, "He wouldn't play for me." When Mack learned what happened between his player and the Cincinnati coach, he was upset and began his postgame news conference with a rant that included a story about an exchange he had with Stephenson during a Xavier-Cincinnati game nearly a decade ago.
Lance Stephenson denies calling Xavier coach Chris Mack n-word while attending Cincinnati
Indianapolis Star | Dec 4