Brian McLucas told Fox19 in Cincinnati on Sunday that he’s a bouncer at PLAY nightclub downtown, and that he spent part of Saturday night getting beat up by undisclosed members from the same Cincinnati basketball program that famously fought with Xavier last season in a brawl that left Frease with a busted eye. McLucas’ picture is on the Fox19 web site. His right eye is swollen shut because, he said, “a dude” took “three quick steps” and “punched [him] in the eye” after McLucas asked some Bearcats to leave a woman’s VIP section.”
A police report was filed Sunday.
But there’s no denying the alleged incident could turn into another black eye for the program. Either way, it’s already a swollen eye for one bouncer and a headache UC coach Mick Cronin didn’t need this offseason.
UC athletic director Whit Babcock released a statement late Monday morning.
“Right now we are working to gather information and facts,” Babcock said. “While we certainly don’t want to rush to judgment and will allow for due process, we also want to strongly emphasize that we hold all of our student-athletes to a high standard for their behavior in the community. It is a privilege to play for and represent UC. It is not a right. We have made great strides in our program and this type situation is not what UC athletics is about or will be about. As of now, to my understanding, there are no charges filed, only accusations. We will next comment after we have had time to gather facts and our process moves along or is completed. We will invoke disciplinary action if any of our student-athletes acted in an inappropriate manner.”