The vine has been seen over 620,000 times; with 4:40 to play in the game, while Villanova's Ryan Arcidiacono was on the ground holding the ball, Seton Hall's Sterling Gibbs swatted for the ball in what ended up being an elbow to the Wildcat guard's head.
Gibbs was charged a Flagrant-2 foul and was immediately ejected from the game. It was a foul that will be reviewed by the Big East with the expectation that a follow-on suspension is expected.
Shortly after the game, Gibbs talked to the New Jersey media and spoke with them:
I want to apologize to Ryan Arcidiacono. That's not who I am. I made a real bad mistake. I was caught up in the moment. I was caught up in the heat of the battle. He made a real good play and my temper just got the best of me. I really want to say sorry. It's really weighing on my mind a lot.
Following that, Gibbs reached out on the twittersphere with a sincere apology.
Man that's not who I am. I'm sorry to my family, friends, fans, and team for being an embarrassment. Even more sorry to @RyArch15 .. I let— Sterling Gibbs (@SterlingGibbs4) February 17, 2015
My emotions get the best of me and that wasn't acceptable at all. I hope you're alright and I will face any consequences coming.— Sterling Gibbs (@SterlingGibbs4) February 17, 2015
Sorry again @RyArch15 it really is weighing heavy on my heart.— Sterling Gibbs (@SterlingGibbs4) February 17, 2015
How does Arcidiacono feel?
Emotions sometimes get the best of us. heat of the moment thing. We're all good. @SterlingGibbs4— Ryan Arcidiacono (@RyArch15) February 17, 2015
The Conference and Seton Hall University will have to deal with the matter, but Villanova fans should be fine to move on with Arcidiacono's acceptance of Gibbs' apology.
The Wildcats got the win, Arcidiacono (who tallied his 1,000th point on the subsequent free-throw) is fine, and 'Nova has its eyes on a bigger prize that will be given out in April during the first Monday in April.