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UH athletic director recovering at home after post-game melee

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 12:53 p.m. HST, Nov 18, 2013

University of Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay is said to be working from home today and still in pain after being injured while trying to break up a fight at Sunday's women's basketball game.

"Very sore today," Jay texted to the Star-Advertiser when asked about his condition. "Still experiencing mild to severe back pain. Took a very hard shot," Jay said.

Meanwhile, UH and West Virginia officials said they are investigating the incident that reportedly resulted when some spectators argued with staff of the West Virginia team during the post-game awards ceremony at the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic.

UH lost to the Mountaineers, 59-56. 

Jay received medical attention on the court at the Stan Sheriff Center where he said he experienced "back spasms." 

"Trying to sleep since last night," Jay added.

In a statement issued by UH, Jay said, "We apologize to our fans and our visitors from West Virginia for the unfortunate incident that occurred following our women's basketball game last night. We're pleased that no one was seriously injured and we appreciate those who assisted with keeping it from escalating further. We will speak to the parties involved and take the appropriate action to address this particular situation and help avoid future incidents. Until all facts are gathered, we will have no further comment on this matter."

West Virginia AD Oliver Luck said in a statement, "I have spoken to the University of Hawaii Director of Athletics as well as with our women's basketball head coach and team administrator. Our team is currently traveling back from Hawaii, and we are in the process of obtaining more facts about the unfortunate incident that took place after the game and prior to the trophy presentation. We will continue to work with the University of Hawaii officials to gather all the facts and bring the situation to a close."

Jay was scheduled to go to Laramie, Wyo., for Satuday's UH football game. Asked if he was considered probable, questionable or out for the game, Jay texted, "coaches' decision."

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Fred01 wrote:
How cute. They called it a "melee."
on November 18,2013 | 10:39AM
jankenpo wrote:
"A " for guts. No comment on the rest.
on November 18,2013 | 10:40AM
palani wrote:
Shameful that this happened here. Those girls play too rough! poor Ben Jay need some Bengay.
on November 18,2013 | 10:41AM
allie wrote:
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on November 18,2013 | 12:43PM
palani wrote:
Not THAT kind of bengay!
on November 18,2013 | 12:57PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
palani, all lie doesn't know what Bengay is.
on November 18,2013 | 03:33PM
Grimbold wrote:
Girls? seems more like 'butches 'to me.
on November 18,2013 | 02:19PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
Palani, very funny play on words. But all kidding aside, I have noticed that there is a drastic increase of sports observer violence in the U.S. at student sporting events. Remember the soccer referee who was killed at a student soccer game by a parent on the mainland? In this case the fans and the W.VA coaches are both wrong for not ignoring each other. I believe that it is more evidence of the current emphasis on winning at any cost in both life as well as sports that is now pervading our U.S. society. Before you'd only read about these violent events in third world countries like South America and Britain, which in my opinion has turned into a third world country, despite what you see on PBS Upstairs Downstairs.
on November 18,2013 | 04:23PM
hunebasami wrote:
Let men do mens work. Ben which girl hit you?
on November 18,2013 | 07:10PM
puamamane wrote:
Does anyone know what happened?
on November 18,2013 | 10:45AM
WF808 wrote:
KHON reported that a UH fan located directly behind the West Virginia bench was heckling Mountaineer fans and got into a shouting match with members of the West Virginia staff in the closing seconds of the game. A West Virginia supporter grabbed the Hawaii fan which jump-started a brawl that spilled on to the Stan Sheriff Center floor.
on November 18,2013 | 10:54AM
serious wrote:
And, not enough security??? The could have easily taken the four HPD officers standing on Ala Moana Blvd, on the Ala Wai bridge watching the painters dry their paint--what a waste of resources and they get $4 an hour 24/7 for just being alive. Check Desert Palm Springs on how the police department is driving the city into bankruptcy.
on November 18,2013 | 11:53AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
serious, you should've notified those cops, so they could've responded.
on November 18,2013 | 03:37PM
busterb wrote:
"when some spectators became argued " LOL!
on November 18,2013 | 11:28AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Some macho person clocked Ben Jay from the back. Typical tough guy. How embarrassing. Hope they arrest the wuss and post his picture for all to see.
on November 18,2013 | 11:40AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Old man Ben Jay should never have tried to play hero or arbiter. That's a situation for referees, ushers and security. When in a brawl, always expect to get "false cracked".
on November 18,2013 | 03:40PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Ben Jay needs to get more realistic about what he can and can't accomplish as UH AD. In general. This is a metaphor for things to date, but also things to come. To date, Mr. Jay has taken lickins wherever he's ventured. More of the same? We can't afford it.
on November 18,2013 | 11:47AM
hon2255 wrote:
Embarrassing ,shamefull, no matter how irritating the opposing coach was with his complaining , there was no reason to go down to the bench area to insight and fuel the fire the the bench area of West Virginia. The braddah should have been thrown out way before this happened. At the men's games , the ushers normally kick out the loud mouths that are being obnoxious.
on November 18,2013 | 12:05PM
Fred01 wrote:
Heckling the opponent is not appropriate in basketball. It's not baseball, where it's totally fine.
on November 18,2013 | 12:13PM
BTO wrote:
My experience has been the ushers are more concerned for fans coming on to the court rather than fan behavior. That is the security's duties. Unfortunately, the response was not immediate enough. Jay should have located the security supervisor and have the trained staff take action. Also for liability you do not want your AD to get involved. Any physical or verbal jousting is a lawsuit waiting to happen. I hope he was not fixing the toilets.
on November 18,2013 | 01:09PM
Kaimiloa wrote:
Fan was being out of line. WVU assistant coach told him to "come down here and say that." Fan took him up on the offer.
on November 18,2013 | 04:47PM
aomohoa wrote:
The coach got beat up by a girl. Oops!
on November 18,2013 | 12:09PM
Grimbold wrote:
Hey many are 'butches'.
on November 18,2013 | 02:22PM
syhud wrote:
With all the things happening to the U of H, administration down to athletics maybe they should bless the whole campus. Because I think they get Bachi.
on November 18,2013 | 12:56PM
inverse wrote:
It is not evil spirits doing UH in, just poor management, bad, clueless coaching, penny pinching so that UH execs can take home huge paychecks, etc. that LIVING humans are causing all of UH problems. That and not having any HPD officers in a somewhat large public event is asking for trouble, which BenJay got in spades. Give the guy credit for getting invovled but unfortunately the people intervening should have been HPD officers trained for this type of stuff. Could have been nasty if the fighters were carrying a knife or gun. Remember a few years ago there was a beef at the Pun ahou car nival and someone got knifed. If you go to the carnival recently Pun aho admin hire more off duty HPD officers working their carn ival than the total number of cops working the Waikiki and Downtown beats combined!
on November 18,2013 | 02:28PM
bluemountain wrote:
Not sure how true, but heard that Special Duty rates have become outrageous. Furthermore, Special Duty office is dictating how many officers to work a requested job. One, the event organizers are given a "take it or leave it " offer in using HPD. Secondly, the rank and file officers are losing special duty work.
on November 18,2013 | 03:48PM
environmental_lady wrote:
UH director should stay home and take care of his back and not waste money traveling to the mainland to watch a football game. It's bad enough that football racked up so many deficits. Since the fair weather fans avoid football now in droves due to a losing season, why should we taxpayers foot the bill? Jay would be wise to eliminate football.
on November 18,2013 | 02:49PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Go hug a tree!
on November 18,2013 | 04:00PM
hon2255 wrote:
Stay home Ben and rest, no sense making the trip to Laramie, it is looooong and hard on the back and tush in those uncomfortable plane seats , not to mention freezing and will get out coached once again in the frozen tundra called Laramie ,Wyoming . Hard to get there, and once you get there , you want to leave asap!
on November 18,2013 | 04:32PM
hon2255 wrote:
Ben, dont bother making the trip, it will make your back worst than it feels now, plus we will get roped by the Wyoming Cowboys. The plane ride is endless just to get there. Laramie is in a frozen tundra.
on November 18,2013 | 04:33PM
hon2255 wrote:
Stay Home, Save us taxpayers some of that travel money to use for Chow's buyout.
on November 18,2013 | 04:34PM
bleedgreen wrote:
Speedy recovery wishes for Mr. Jay.
on November 18,2013 | 05:17PM
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