BLOG — Ole Miss freshman forward Jelan Kendrick has issued a statement apologizing for the verbal confrontation he had with teammate Reginald Buckner following Thursday night’s loss to Vanderbilt at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum.Kendrick and Buckner almost came to blows following the 102-76 loss to the Commodores. Kendrick, who was seen talking back to Buckner during the late stages of the game, would not come into the team’s locker room following the game, even at the request of head coach Andy Kennedy. Buckner had to be restrained from engaging Kendrick, who was later escorted into the coaches’ locker room, away from the media who watched the incident take place.
“I want to apologize for my behavior after the game last night. It was a frustrating night, and I let my emotions get the best of me. My language was unacceptable. As a team, we have put this behind us and are ready to finish the season strong,” Kendrick said in the statement.
Ole Miss returns to action Saturday at No. 1 Kentucky. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. and the game can be seen locally on the SEC Network. (February 17, 2012)