Arizona's Adia Barnes 'Not Apologizing' for Viral Celebration Video vs. UConn

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIApril 3, 2021

Arizona head coach Adia Barnes applauds her team during the first half of a women's Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament semifinal game against Connecticut Friday, April 2, 2021, at the Alamodome in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
AP Photo/Morry Gash

The Arizona Wildcats will be playing in the national championship for the first time in program history after upsetting UConn 69-59 on Friday in the NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament.

After the game, Arizona head coach Adia Barnes put up her middle fingers and shouted an expletive in a postgame team huddle captured on ESPN cameras.

On Saturday, Barnes spoke about the moment and said she didn't feel the need to apologize for her actions.

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"I’m not apologizing for it because I don't feel like I need to apologize."<br><br>Arizona coach Adia Barnes responds to criticism of a TV clip of her postgame speech<br><br>(via @AlecWhite_UA)pic.twitter.com/kllgP0qh1i

Gary Parrish of CBS Sports tweeted that Barnes shouldn't have to say sorry, and Barnes replied to the writer, mentioning what she said in the moment.

"Gary, I was so pumped up it was the heat of the moment and it was supposed to be a private moment with my team! I told them WE BELIEVED IN US!FORGET EVERYONE THAT DIDN’T, I WILL GO TO WAR WITH U ANYTIME ANY PLACE!! Not the best look but I was loving on my team."

Barnes shouldn't have to explain herself, let alone apologize.

The Wildcats entered the Final Four as the clear underdogs alongside three No. 1 seeds. They entered the NCAA tournament by losing three of their last four games. But they've rolled off five straight wins, including victories over No. 2 Texas A&M and No. 1 UConn. 

The NCAA also notably omitted Arizona from a hype video that featured the other semifinal participants—South Carolina, Baylor and UConn. Arizona senior guard Aari McDonald said she took it as a "sign of disrespect." while Barnes added that "stuff like that shouldn't happen."

It's hard to disrespect the Wildcats now after a tremendous performance. They'll look to win the title against Pac-12 rival Stanford on Sunday.