The “3 for 3” blog, Thursday time …
1: TWITTER FIGHT: ROYCE, BULLARD … Houston Rockets TV analyst Matt Bullard’s comments on the continuing saga between Royce White and the NBA team earned a social media response from the former Cyclone.
Bullard, the former Hawkeye player who won an NBA title with Houston, was asked about the situation of White — who has been away from the team as he deals with anxiety issues.
“I’ve been following him on Twitter just like everyone else,” Bullard said. “The comments he’s been making on Twitter, to me, show me that does have a mental illness, because a lot of the things he’s saying don’t really match up with the reality, as I see it, as I’m around the Rockets every day.”
White has claimed the Rockets are falling short in a commitment to support his anxiety battles.
Bullard also said during the interview that his interactions with White illustrate that he’s a “very nice, charming young man” — but being away from the team is slowing his ability to build relationships with teammates.
White, for his part, has becoming a polarizing discussion topic on his situation — and mental illness in general. He’s face a range of supportive comments on Twitter, along with scary attacks.
2: MASON SPEAKS … Iowa President Sally Mason said in a television interview with eastern Iowa station KGAN that an investigation into former athletic academic adviser Peter Gray will lead to action being taken by the university.
Gray, 59, resigned last week after allegations of sexual-harassment that included students. Specifics of Gray’s departure from Iowa became public after the Iowa City Press-Citizen obtained an internal report.
A University of Iowa spokesman said earlier this week that Mason would have no additional comments about the situation until it is resolved.
Mason, however, said in the TV interview: “I assure you there will be more actions taken, without a doubt — so stay tuned.”
The president was not asked what she meant by that comment — in terms of action taken with existing staff, for example. Mason also was not pressed on who handled the re-hiring of Gray, who previously worked with the athletic department in the mid-1990s.
Gray was fired from one university position between his stints at Iowa, according to reports.
University spokesman said the interview with Mason had been scheduled “about a month ago” — so prior to the situation involving Gray.
I wrote a column this week that questioned the openness and transparency of Iowa involving controversial athletic department situations in general.
Stay tuned, indeed.
3: YOU VOTED: MONDAY NIGHT MOJO … So which player from Iowa or Iowa State had the biggest hoops night Monday in wins over Central Michigan (Iowa) and Alabama A&M (Iowa State)?
With more than 480 votes cast, you picked … Georges Niang at 25.2 percent. The Cyclones’ freshman forward scored 17 points, hitting seven of eight shots from the field (and both 3-point attempts) with five rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals.
Niang filled up his stat line in just 22 minutes.
Next-highest vote getter: Iowa freshman guard Mike Gesell (15 pts, five assists, three rebounds and one steal).
I thought Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim might win the poll with his 16-point, 10-rebound night that included 2-for-2 from 3-point range, two blocks and a steal. Ejim finished with 7.6 percent of the vote to land fourth on the seven-man ballot.
And though Northern Iowa’s Deon Mitchell didn’t play Monday night, he DID do this on Wednesday …
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