Coach K: "I reacted incorrectly to a reporter's" Dillon Brooks Question

Kyle Koster

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski gave Oregon’s Dillon Brooks a sportsmanship tip after the Ducks’ Sweet 16 win. Then he denied making such a statement. Then he got caught when enhanced audio was posted.

Today he apologized to Dana Altman for speaking to Brooks to begin with and for reacting incorrectly to a reporter’s question.

"“Today, I spoke with Oregon head coach Dana Altman and apologized to him for my remarks to Dillon Brooks following our game. It is not my place to talk to another team’s player and doing so took the focus away from the terrific game that Dillon played. “In the postgame press conference, I reacted incorrectly to a reporter’s question about my comment to Dillon. Clearly, the story that night was about Oregon advancing to the Elite Eight, and the outstanding game they played. I sincerely hope I did not create a distraction for Coach Altman and his team at this critical time of year. Certainly, I have the utmost respect for the Oregon program and their tremendous accomplishments.”"

Many are wondering why this story is dragging on almost 40 hours after the post-game handshake line. Others are wondering if a similar statement would have come from Coach K had he been contradicted by audio evidence.

The answer to the first question is: because it’s Duke and Duke is controversial. The answer to the second is: well, probably not.