Melbourne United shooting guard Chris Goulding retracts claim that an opponent ‘shoved a finger in my ass’ during heated altercation as NBL star admits the remark was made ‘in the heat of battle’ during defeat to Cairns Taipans
An NBL star has dropped an explosive accusation against an unnamed opponent that he “shoved a finger in my ass” during a Thursday night game.
Melbourne United shooting guard Chris Goulding was furious when he approached senior match referee Vaughan Mayberry during the loss of his match 77-81 to Cairns Taipans.
Goulding was heard to say to the official ‘he shoved a finger in my ass’ in reference to an unidentified opposition player.
NBL star Chris Goulding has retracted an explosive allegation against an undisclosed rival
However, in a statement released Friday night, Melbourne United confirmed that Goulding has withdrawn the allegation.
The NBL club said it was aware of an alleged incident that took place during the game against the Taipans regarding comments from their shooting guard.
Goulding has also clarified that he made the comments “in the heart of the moment” and said he was “frustrated”.
Goulding claimed ‘he shoved a finger up my ass’ during Melbourne’s defeat to Cairns
“The comments I made last night during the match were in the thick of it and simply reactionary,” Goulding said in the statement.
“I had just received a technical (fault) so I was clearly frustrated and I apologize.”
“We have a big game against the Kings this weekend and winning is all I’m focused on.”
Despite the commentators speaking during the exchange, viewers on ESPN could clearly hear Goulding’s comment. There was no replay of the incident as the broadcast showed an alley-oop pass to Taipan’s cannon Keanu Pinder at the time.