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Martin apologizes to Merriewether

The first thing Kansas State basketball coach Frank Martin addressed following today’s 74-68 loss at Missouri was the physical contact he made with Chris Merriewether. Here is what he said:

“Before you guys ask any questions, I want to apologize. I flicked, I kinda whacked Chris Merriewether in his side there after that one turnover. We just talked about that in the locker room. That’s a mistake on my part. I’m an old-school guy, but I also understand the times are real sensitive right now. I love him. I don’t know what to tell you. It’s wrong on my part and completely out of line and had no part in the game. I mean to apologize for those actions.”

Merriewether, a senior guard who scored eight points but had a key pass stolen in the closing moments, also discussed the incident. He downplayed it by saying:

“He hit me in the arm. It wasn’t really that serious. Jacob Pullen came back right after and hit me in the arm, too. It really wasn’t too much. I trust Frank and Frank trusts me, and, you know like I said, just a heated moment type deal. It’s all right.

“It’s not a big deal at all. He came up to me after the game, we talked about it. We talked about some other things as well. We’ve just gotta come back Tuesday and get a win. I trust Frank, Frank trusts me. He’s had my back since day one. I’ll always have his back.”