UCLA Forward Mac Etienne Arrested Over Ugly Incident With Arizona Fans Following Loss

UCLA Forward Mac Etienne Arrested After Spitting On Arizona Fans

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  • UCLA basketball player Mac Etienne was arrested by campus police at the University of Arizona after Thursday night’s game
  •  The forward was filmed spitting on fans while leaving the court following the loss to the Wildcats
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Thursday night’s matchup between UCLA’s and Arizona’s men’s basketball teams had the makings of a good one, as the third-ranked Bruins headed to Tuscon hoping to walk away with a win against a Wildcats squad that came into the game as the seventh-best team in the country.

In the end, it was never really a close game, as Arizona led by 12 points at the end of the first half and never looked back en route to a 76-66 victory. However, what unfolded on the court was overshadowed by an ugly incident that occurred when UCLA was making its way off of it after the final buzzer sounded.

When the Bruins were walking down the tunnel past the Arizona student section, freshman forward Mac Etienne (who was sidelined for the season after undergoing ACL surgery in November) decided to fire back at some spectators who were heckling him by spitting into the crowd multiple times before being pulled into the locker room by an arena official.

In addition to being the textbook definition of “a bad look,” it was also the textbook definition of “assault,” and ESPN reports Arizona campus police stopped by the locker room to present Etienne with a citation for “the intent to injure, provoke or insult” before the team left the arena.

Etienne was not detained, and the nature of the charge means he may be able to resolve the issue without having to return to Arizona to appear in court in person. UCLA said it is also reviewing the incident, and it seems very likely more discipline could be coming his way as a result.

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Connor Toole is the Deputy Editor at BroBible. He is a New England native who went to Boston College and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Frequently described as "freakishly tall," he once used his 6'10" frame to sneak in the NBA Draft and convince people he was a member of the Utah Jazz.