Florida State lost a tough one to Michigan during the Elite Eight on Saturday night as the Seminoles saw a furious late rally come up short.
But even though the Wolverines and Florida State played in a tight game for the right to go to the Final Four, it was Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton who made headlines for an awkward postgame TV interview with Dana Jacobson of CBS Sports.
Jacobson questioned Hamilton about Florida State’s decision not to foul trailing by four points with 11 seconds left. Hamilton’s bizarre response was talked about all over social media as he nearly walked out on the interview before begrudgingly answering Jacobson’s question.
Many criticized Hamilton for a lack of professionalism, with Awful Announcing going as far as to say that Hamilton was a jerk to Jacobson with his actions.
Hamilton responded to the mounting criticism with a statement on Sunday afternoon through the Florida State men’s basketball Twitter account.
From Coach Hamilton pic.twitter.com/Wjy9Ub5JBv
— Florida State Men’s Basketball (@FSUHoops) March 25, 2018
While Hamilton didn’t handle the postgame interview very well, you can also understand his frustrations after a season-ending loss. Although Hamilton was in the wrong for the way he initially responded to Jacobson’s question, he at least did everything he could to make it right by releasing this statement.