UCLA redshirt freshman Mac Etienne was arrested and tagged with assault after attempting to spit at fans after the Bruins’ 76-66 loss against the Arizona Wildcats.
As UCLA was walking off the court, Etienne confronted Arizona fans heckling the team while heading to the locker room. He tried to spit at the fans twice before being apprehended by in-arena security.
Etienne was allowed to return to the locker room with the rest of the UCLA team but was informed that he would be placed under arrest and issued a citation for assault with “the intent to injury, provoke or insult” another person, according to police correspondence from an ESPN report.
UCLA released a statement on the matter and will deal with Mac Etienne’s actions accordingly.
“UCLA Athletics is committed to and expects the highest level of sportsmanship,” the school said in a prepared statement late Thursday. “We are aware of the incident involving a student-athlete at tonight’s men’s basketball game, and the matter is under review.”
Mac Etienne has not played in a single game for UCLA this year after being declared out for the season due to a torn ACL. He had surgery last November after suffering a knee injury in late October.