“First of all, before I talked about that basketball game, I thought about this in the locker room before the game, how the events unfolded in Boulder, Colorado, today – and I didn’t details aside I know it was a tragic and tragic situation, ”Boyle said after the Buffaloes’ 71-53 second-round loss to the NCAA tournament to Florida State. “It puts basketball in its rightful place.
“And win or lose tonight, I just felt a hollow in my stomach. Another senseless act of violence that we have experienced as a country time and time again. And so that puts this game in perspective. It certainly puts the loss in perspective.
“But even if we had won this game and celebrated our participation in Sweet 16, it would have put a damper on it. So my heart goes out to the families who have been affected and to those who have lost their lives. ”
The King Soopers supermarket shooting killed 10 people earlier on Monday, including the officer who was the first to respond at the scene, authorities said.
Police arrested a suspect but did not reveal his name or any details of the shooting during an evening press conference.
Colorado has been out of Boulder and Indianapolis for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament since last week. Boyle said some members of the Buffaloes received alerts on their phones about the shooting about an hour before arriving at the arena, but said he had not told his team about the tragedy. before reporting.
“I talked about this with a few of my assistants and we felt it was probably best to leave – we didn’t have any details,” he said. “There was really nothing to say, and I spoke about it after the game, again, from a perspective perspective.
“But the state of mind of your team as they prepare for a game, it’s fragile at times. I didn’t want to complicate their minds too much because we had to go play the game. We weren’t going to not play the game. So I decided to wait until the end of the game to talk to them about it, and I did. ‘have done. ”
Boyle said he didn’t think the shot weighed on his team’s mind during the game, but added: “I could be completely wrong and off my bases. The only thing I’m not going to do is sit here and make excuses. the way we played. I will take responsibility for it. ”
Guard McKinley Wright admitted that what had happened was on his mind.
“I thought about my life, my growth, what I went through and seeing these people,” he said after scoring 10 points in the loss. “And what they have to endure now sucks. I am so sorry, and I will pray for their families.
“Basketball is just a game; people lost their lives. It sucks. It’s hard to put that into words right now after playing my last game here at CU and this tragedy that unfolded in Boulder, it’s just terrible. ”
Boyle called Boulder “a safe place that I have never felt and lived in my life. ”
“So if it can happen, it can happen there, it can happen anywhere,” he said. “But we have to find a way to stop this thing. I don’t know the answer, but we just need to find a way. ”