Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski issued an apology Saturday to Oregon’s Dillon Brooks for their conversation after the Ducks’ win over the Blue Devils in the Sweet 16.
After the game, Brooks said Krzyzewski talked to him about sportsmanship during their postgame handshake. When asked about the interaction, Krzysewski would not confirm Brooks’s version of events, only saying he told the Oregon star he was a “terrific player.”
Late Friday, CBS released footage of the interaction between Brooks and Krzyzewski, and it seemed to confirm Brooks’s description of the conversation. Saturday, Krzyzewski apologized to Brooks.
“Today, I spoke with Oregon coach Dana Altman and apologized to him for my remarks to Dillon Brooks following our game,” Kzryzewski said in a statement. “It is not my place to talk about another team’s player and doing so took the focus away from a terrific game Dillon played. In the postgame press conference, I reacted incorrectly to a reporter’s question about my comment to Dillon.”
You can view the video of the interaction below:
Oregon plays Oklahoma on Saturday in the Elite Eight.