The Big Ten announced on Wednesday that Wisconsin guard Brad Davison has to sit for one game for his flagrant foul against Iowa’s Connor McCaffery in Monday’s Wisconsin loss at Iowa. Davison will be out for Wisconsin’s home game against Michigan State on Saturday.
Near the end of Wisconsin’s game against Iowa, Davison appeared to intentionally hit McCaffery in the groin as he fought through a screen. Here is some video of the incident.
When asked about it after the game, Davison pled ignorance on the flagrant foul.
Iowa’s McCaffery didn’t mince words after the game on what he thought were the intentions of Davison on that play.
“He grabbed me right in the — where you don’t want to be grabbed in,” McCaffery said, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette. “He does that. He’s marked for doing that. He’s the type of player, unfortunately, who feels the need to do that stuff. Tonight he cost them the game.”
McCaffery here points to the reputation Davison has built around the league with his questionable play. It was a point made by many on social media, who found some of the other examples of dirty play by Davison throughout his time in Madison.
I’m tired of Brad Davison’s crap pic.twitter.com/voFqafsMPN— ᗩᑎT ᗯᖇIGᕼT (@ItsAntWright) January 28, 2020
In response to the Big Ten’s decision Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard, said he did not agree with the decision and said “there was no malice” on the foul.
I guess Gard needs to stick up for his guys here, but this one is clear cut. It’s a dirty play by a player who has shown a penchant for doing this sort of thing throughout his career. Kudos to new Big Ten commissioner, Kevin Warren, for stepping in and trying to make sure games are safe and clean.