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UH's Ben Jay hospitalized with injuries from post-game fight

By Ferd Lewis

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LAST UPDATED: 01:28 a.m. HST, Nov 20, 2013


University of Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay has been hospitalized since Monday night for injuries sustained when he attempted to break up a fight following Sunday's women's basketball game.

Jay said Tuesday he was admitted to Straub Clinic & Hospital where he underwent a CT-scan that disclosed "transverse (vertebrae) fractures" and "some blood around my kidneys."

Jay was eventually released Tuesday night.

"I guess I took a little shot," Jay said of trying break up the melee. "I got hit from behind in the whole skirmish. I was trying to hold back a West Virginia fan and something hit me from behind."

A UH spokesman said video footage showed Jay being pushed backward. 

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

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. 

UH said Jay will continue to work from home and will not accompany the football team on its final road trip to Wyoming for Saturday's game.







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rytsuru wrote:
Maybe this is a great opportunity to sit and consider if UH Athletics is really worth the trouble and finances. What if, and this is merely a thought being thrown out, UH did something extraordinary and announced: We are going to concentrate on our academics, support for our students, the hiring of competent instructors and professors along with a revision of what tenure means and its responsibilities and finally concentrate on propping up our aging infrastructure. We will accomplish this by winding down our sports programs and utilizing existing facilities for other events...now that I have trolled...let the comments begin
on November 19,2013 | 11:44AM
honupono wrote:
While I appreciate your viewpoint, i hardly consider the announcement that Ben Jay has suffered injuries from a senseless and unprecedented act in public the correct forum to air your views. Mr. Jay is a dedicated and honest man who is trying his best to provide a better future for the UH system. As a graduate of two different UH colleges and Manoa, I can tell you that athletics at UH has enriched my life for the positive.
on November 19,2013 | 11:59AM
kk808 wrote:
Agree.
on November 19,2013 | 12:54PM
OldDiver wrote:
People have gone to prison for less. Get HPD involved.
on November 19,2013 | 01:31PM
aomohoa wrote:
I thought there was already an investigation underway. It is a serious assault case.
on November 19,2013 | 03:26PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
I agree aomohoa. Why wasn't the W.VA fan involved arrested and a high bail set to ensure his return to face charges. Once he or she returns to W.VA. that's the last we'll see of him or her,.
on November 19,2013 | 07:42PM
kiragirl wrote:
He has done his job well and hope he gets well soon.
on November 19,2013 | 01:58PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Totally agree - athletic participation is a worthy endeavor, whether it's for serious competition or just for enjoyment of team play, work ethics, or learning about fair competition. I enjoyed the opportunities in intramaural volleyball, flag football, and basketball while at UH many years ago and thought it was well worth the small fee I paid for them. I made sure my sons had a chance to enjoy sports activities and let them choose what, if any, sports they wanted to pursue through their high school years (and they did). Imagine the thousands of students who used their athletic talents to afford their way through college and earn their degrees and become contributing members of our community. I believe people are short-sighted if they don't recognize the importance of athletic programs at all levels. Why they think athletics is a wasteful drain on public resources is beyond me. We pay more to subsidize academic endeavors in dollars numbers to make the athletic portion seem tiny. And I will argue that the payback we get from subsidizing athletics is just as great as subsidizing the academic portion,
on November 19,2013 | 04:58PM
false wrote:
Aw gee, there's always one of your kind. Lighten up.
on November 19,2013 | 02:32PM
gobows wrote:
Does the video show him getting hit?
on November 19,2013 | 11:46AM
Pocho wrote:
Serious stuff now. Apparently it's WV fan backsiding BenJay
on November 19,2013 | 11:47AM
islandsun wrote:
Does UH really want their AD's jumping into fights, getting hurt and possibly filing workers comp claims against the public?
on November 19,2013 | 12:00PM
markat wrote:
Agree, he should have known better, especially at his age. I'm younger than he is and I'm in fairly good shape, but even I know better than to get involved in a situation where my body may receive a jolt that may throw out my back. His poor judgment will cost UH financially in the long run.
on November 19,2013 | 12:08PM
islandsun wrote:
So who is running the show now, Rich Sherrif?
on November 19,2013 | 12:34PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
island, my sentiments exactly. Now he is entitled for worker's comp. What a dumb old man to get involved in a fracas. He's older than I am, but in his position, I would NEVER have gotten involved.
on November 19,2013 | 02:47PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Retired said. " I would never get involved" , ah, this man is an athletic director. This is basically his house. If he doesn't get involved who will.? This is the dedicated state employee you guys betch about. Did you want ainokea to be AD?
on November 19,2013 | 03:11PM
entrkn wrote:
Assault charges on the way...
on November 19,2013 | 12:03PM
loquaciousone wrote:
You think he's going to be available next week or should they put him on the injured reserve list.
on November 19,2013 | 12:04PM
WF808 wrote:
Ka Leo reported yesterday that a friend of Coach Beeman saw Jay getting "pummelled" and this account was confirmed by a Warrior Beat blogger who added that it was a member of the WVU coaching staff and that WVU AD Oliver Luck had also been advised of this. If this is true, the security issues become less relevant, and this incident takes on a more "national" character. The seriousness of Jay's injuries demands more than mutual apologies in press releases.
on November 19,2013 | 12:06PM
katoosh808 wrote:
Wheres the video? SOMEBODY has got to have a video of this.....
on November 19,2013 | 12:16PM
Ulalei wrote:
work comp!
on November 19,2013 | 12:19PM
iwanaknow wrote:
This is just the path for Ben to bow out of UH and fade into the darkness, only to be a distant memory of his time well spent here?
on November 19,2013 | 01:06PM
Descartes22 wrote:
"It's all OK" Ben Jay just needs a little Ben Gay. Ideally, the analgesic fumes will bring him to his senses and he can start acting like an AD. Speedy recovery..... if back on the job, means doing the job.
on November 19,2013 | 02:13PM
bigislandkurt wrote:
Just when the UH sports year could not get any crazier....
on November 19,2013 | 02:04PM
Descartes22 wrote:
So was he hit by a chair? And what exactly does video footage showing him being "pushed backward" mean? I suppose the SA's Pulitizer short-listers will get to the bottom of the story in time for the baseball season opener.
on November 19,2013 | 02:10PM
CriticalReader wrote:
This is a fundamental querie that deserves far more focus. While focus and emphasis on college sports has accelerated beyond what anyone probably foresaw even 5 years ago, no one it seems is taking a step back to ask the hard questions. Taking a broad view, what is UH today as an institution? Are we happy with it? Proud of it? Do our children aspire to attend it as a "go to" destination? Looking at the sports operation separate and distinct from everything else. Same questions. Now put it together. Does the whole of UH as an institution with the UH sport operation give rise to happiness, pride, aspiration or any sense of satisfaction? Then, add in the constant "turrns" UHAD and its operators (all the way up to the Regents) tend to make. Coach selection? AD selection? Fiscal Responsibility? cont.
on November 19,2013 | 02:44PM
CriticalReader wrote:
cont. Effective conference alignment? Competitive competence? Cost effectiveness? Employee costs in general? Devotion of resources? Bad press? And, on the micro level, take this one incident. A poorly attended game, played by a deficit creating sport, in a venue where not all bathrooms are opne, where security was either lax or undermanned, and where the arena manager blames it on a long day where people are able to "drink longer", and the AD decides jump into a fray involving people much bigger obviously bent on violence. Bad management, bad policy, bad judgment, bad press, great uncertainty, UH out at least one functioning employee with likely legal proceedings ahead. Nuff already.
on November 19,2013 | 02:46PM
CriticalReader wrote:
cont. Effective conference alignment? Competitive competence? Cost effectiveness? Employee costs in general? Devotion of resources? Bad press? And, on the micro level, take this one incident. A poorly attended game, played by a deficit creating sport, in a venue where not all bathrooms are opne, where security was either lax or undermanned, and where the arena manager blames it on a long day where people are able to "drink longer", and the AD decides jump into a fray involving people much bigger obviously bent on violence. Bad management, bad policy, bad judgment, bad press, great uncertainty, UH out at least one functioning employee with likely legal proceedings ahead. Nuff already.
on November 19,2013 | 04:49PM
bluhawaii74 wrote:
Now he knows why people won't go to UH games with their families.
on November 19,2013 | 03:16PM
Descartes22 wrote:
The opponents at most UH games are not hillbillys. If you are not going to games with your family, you are missing out (even if we are under the worst ever lineup of coaches in the Big 3 men's sports).
on November 19,2013 | 03:22PM
Kaimiloa wrote:
First incident at a UH Women's BBall game in over 19 years. This isn't your excuse for not supporting UH.
on November 19,2013 | 04:11PM
socialscience wrote:
Where was security...or is there a security crew on duty for games? No names or investigation at the time of the incident?
on November 19,2013 | 03:56PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Best wishes for a speedy recovery. There's a time and place to air criticisms on his job performance but this isn't it. All of us need to back him back to good health.
on November 19,2013 | 04:44PM
gyw820 wrote:
Sad to have to end paying for added security for a couple of knuckleheads! If they are identifiable and determined to be the root cause, can the State pursue having those idiots to pay for the security as part of penance? Athletics as a group (as with any group) should not take the burden for a few dingbats (archie bunker said it).
on November 19,2013 | 06:10PM
Anonymous wrote:
This would have never happened if Tom "Da Hammer" Brower was in the stands. As soon as someone starts acting up...BAM!!
on November 19,2013 | 07:49PM
hon2255 wrote:
Arrest the punk that attacked BJ. Gotta be a video of the attacker
on November 19,2013 | 08:13PM
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