Kansas Jayhawks player Silvio De Sousa is breaking his silence following the bench-clearing brawl on Tuesday night … saying straight-up, “I messed up and I am sorry.”
De Sousa received the harshest punishment handed down for his part in the melee … getting slapped with a 12-game suspension.
Remember, De Sousa stood over DaJuan Gordon after a chase-down block, which kickstarted the brawl. During the fight, the 21-year-old is seen holding a stool over his head before a coach yanks it from his hands.
De Sousa owned up to his actions on Wednesday, saying there is no excuse for what he did.
“Yesterday, during the Kansas State game, I displayed highly unacceptable behavior that was a poor representation of my team as well as my own character. There is no excuse for my behavior, and I cannot justify the unreasonable choices that I made yesterday on the court. I not only showed a lack of sportsmanship, but I put myself, my teammates and the fans in danger.”
He added … “I am truly embarrassed by my actions and have let everyone down who has supported me on my basketball journey. There is no amount of regret that I can express that will correct this mistake.”
“I understand that I am extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to play for KU and I recognize that I never should have let my emotions get the best of me, but unfortunately that is what happened. By doing so, I put the Kansas reputation at stake because of a moment of weakness and inconsideration.”
“I will continue to support my team and do everything I can to help while serving my suspension.”
“I messed up and I am sorry.”
De Sousa will be able to rejoin his team just in time for the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments.