After the team season-ending 60-54 loss to Michigan State, Darion Atkins did what he's done often during his Virginia career: speak his mind, openly and honestly. This time, maybe a bit too openly and honestly:
full transcribed atkins answers because i don’t like putting this stuff out there without context pic.twitter.com/QP8sD3T3Mu— martin rickman (@martinrickman) March 22, 2015
We all see where Darion is coming from here. That fourth call WAS a terrible call. Atkins DID seem to bring a very high level of intensity. And as a whole, the team didn't play that well.
That said, calling out teammates and using an offensive word was probably not the way that Darion Atkins wanted to end his Virginia career. While the type of questions that reporters asked him during an emotional moment for Atkins didn't help, this was the wrong thing to say. and he's apologized for it:
Darion Atkins Statement: "I would like to apologize for my inappropriate comments to the media in Charlotte. I let my emotions get the...— UVa Men's Basketball (@UVAMensHoops) March 23, 2015
best of me during the NCAA Tournament and I did not intend to offend anyone. In hindsight I wish I had used more appropriate words...— UVa Men's Basketball (@UVAMensHoops) March 23, 2015
to express myself. I’ve met with my teammates and coaches to express my remorse for this unfortunate situation. I want everyone to know...— UVa Men's Basketball (@UVAMensHoops) March 23, 2015
that I care so much about this program, and I hope this does not become a distraction from all that we were able to accomplish this year."— UVa Men's Basketball (@UVAMensHoops) March 23, 2015
I hope people wouldn't dwell to much on stuff like this. Darion said some emotional things after a four-year career during which he poured everything he had into program, and he promptly apologized for them. He's been known to speak his mind - like when he called the matchup with MSU a "dick-swinging contest" or when he expressed frustration about playing time during a very inopportune time last season.
But, when we remember Darion speaking his mind....let's remember quotes like this one too: