After Kentucky defeated Louisville on Saturday in the Final Four to advance to Monday's national championship game, Wildcats fans rioted in Lexington and started many fires.
Lexington City spokeswoman Susan Straub said police made fewer than 10 arrests, and a few injuries were reported after the celebrations turned rowdy in the streets after the Wildcats' 69-61 win in New Orleans.
The raucous street scenes triggered a rebuke from UK spokesman Jay Blanton.
"It is unfortunate that a small number of people are using what should be a night of celebration as an excuse to attempt to tarnish the university and the community," Blanton said in a statement. "To the extent that students are involved in any illegal activity or actions that violate the university's student code, they will be dealt with appropriately."
This is no way to celebrate a victory of any kind because there was a chance that people could get seriously hurt. I can't understand why these fans would riot because their team won, isn't that something you see when your team loses?
I'm afraid this has become a disturbing trend in sports. Riots seem to be happening more often lately and it's a dangerous situation.
After the Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final last June, many Vancouver people rioted in the streets afterward and caused huge scenes with fires and other dangerous tactics.
The more people who riot after sporting events, the more other fan bases might want to do it themselves. Something needs to be done to ensure that these riots don't happen because they are dangerous and a foolish way to react to an outcome of a game.