Clemson Basketball Cancels Exhibition in Barcelona After Van Crashes into Crowd

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistAugust 17, 2017

A policemen and a medical staff member stand past police cars and an ambulance in a cordoned off area after a van ploughed into the crowd, injuring several persons on the Rambla in Barcelona on August 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Josep LAGO        (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Clemson University men's basketball team cancelled an exhibition game scheduled for Thursday night in Barcelona after a van crashed into a crowd of people in the Spanish city.

CBS News and CNN provided further details about the developing situation. Clemson Athletics announced everybody from the Tigers' travel party is safe and the group is planning to return home Friday, as originally anticipated.

"Our thoughts are with the people of Barcelona and those injured at this time," the statement concluded.

Clemson was slated to take on Barcelona All-Stars to complete the overseas preseason tour. The team's managers posted an update on social media saying the apparent attack took place right outside their hotel and confirmed they were on lockdown as a result.

Danny Moran of The Oregonian noted the Oregon State University men's basketball team was also in Barcelona for a separate event. Like Clemson, he noted everyone in Spain from the Beavers' program "is safe and accounted for" following the the incident.

OSU Athletics Communications relayed a statement confirming the team's safety and added officials are "determining the remaining schedule" for the trip, which was expected to last through Aug. 25.

"The Oregon State University community extends its thoughts and prayers for all those injured and affected by this incident," the statement read.

Beavers head coach Wayne Tinkle told KOIN in Portland the crash occurred directly outside of the team's hotel during a team meal. Tinkle gave more comment via the Oregon State Athletics Twitter feed: 

Tulane athletic director Troy Dannen confirmed the Green Wave men's basketball team was in the city at the time and was safe. 

The Arizona men's basketball team also released a statement saying it was safe after the attacks. The team sent more information to CNN's Jillian Martin (obtained via email):

"The entire Arizona Basketball travel party on the Spain trip has been accounted for and is safe following the situation in Barcelona today. Our thoughts are with those affected by today’s events. We have decided to cancel our third and final exhibition of the tour and are currently working on travel plans to return home."

Texas A&M released a similar statement regarding their women's team, which is currently traveling in Spain:

In July, Tigers head coach Brad Brownell noted the importance of the tour, per Will Vandervort of the Clemson Insider.

"We are in that environment together for 10 days and we all get to see each other in a lot of different ways and that can be really special when you have a group that gets along as well as this team already gets along," Brownell said. "I think this year's team will be a group that really, really likes each other. I think they really have a kindred spirit about them."

Clemson won each of its first three games in Spain.