At some point in the first half on Wednesday night, Yancy Gates is going to rise from the bench and move toward the scorer's table to check into UC's crucial game against Louisville.
If you have a ticket, do you plan to boo?
Give it some thought first.
While I felt badly for Yancy when he got booed near the end of the
The fans sent a loud message that I'm certain Yancy heard. Does it really need to be sent again?
I'm not suggesting that people should cheer wildly when he enters the game and pretend that nothing happened, but I do think that Gates deserves another chance. Additionally, do we really want the image of
Until 11 days ago when an incident at practice before the Pittsburgh game led to his one-game suspension, Gates was having an OK-but-not-great season, averaging 11 points and 7 rebounds. He had enjoyed moments of brilliance including a 22 point, 14 rebound effort in the win over Xavier, and delivered the game-winning three-point play with eight seconds to go at
Unfortunately, there have also been dismal performances where he grows visibly frustrated over not getting the ball and doesn't compete with maximum effort. Until that ceases, Yancy will never be the player he is capable of being.
But his effort - particularly at practice - has been improved this year and I have no doubt that he regrets how he behaved in the
Feel free to remain skeptical. Yancy has yet to earn the benefit of the doubt.
But can we give him an opportunity to turn those boos back into cheers?
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