LSU forward Malcolm White sent letters of apology to Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis and Coach John Calipari this week. White apologized for the takedown of Davis that referees called a flagrant foul in UK's victory at LSU on Saturday. The referees ejected White.
In the letters, White said he acted out of frustration and not malice in taking down Davis, LSU Coach Trent Johnson said Thursday. The letters also stated that the flagrant foul did not reflect how Johnson runs the LSU program.
The flagrant foul came with 15:24 left in the second half. It followed a UK breakout that widened a 25-24 lead with barely three minutes left in the first half to 48-30 when White grabbed Davis from behind and flung him down to prevent a breakaway dunk.
Johnson said on a Southeastern Conference coaches' teleconference Monday that he immediately asked White as the player headed to the bench, "What are you doing?"
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The LSU coach also said he tried to get Calipari's attention during the next television timeout to express regret.
Speculation arose after the game that the SEC might suspend White. But league spokesman Craig Pinkerton dismissed that idea.
"The game officials ruled the penalty on the play was a flagrant foul, which included the ejection of the offending player," Pinkerton wrote in an email. "Since the fighting rule was not invoked, there would be no further suspension."
After Kentucky beat Tennessee on Tuesday, Davis downplayed the significance of White's foul. The UK player said he did not come close to losing his composure at LSU.
"Not at all," he said. "... A hard foul is a hard foul. I just got right back up."
But Johnson said White's actions fell outside the acceptable bounds of basketball.
"It's one thing to be physical," the LSU coach said on the teleconference. "But it's another thing to be stupid."
Johnson did not rule out a suspension of White by LSU. Any such action would be handled "in house," the LSU coach said.
White, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound senior, averages 3.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 11 minutes.
When asked Thursday if he would suspend White, Johnson said, "Time will tell."
LSU, which did not have a midweek game this week, next plays Saturday at home against Arkansas.