Louisville senior Mangok Mathiang: "We want to apologize" to the fan base for the suspension earlier in the week

Louisville senior Mangok Mathiang: "We want to apologize" to the fan base for the suspension earlier in the week. Mathiang and Deng Adel missed a curfew last weekend and were suspended from Monday's loss at Virginia.

The local media had a surprise before the Rick Pitino news conference on Friday.

Louisville senior Mangok Mathiang and sophomore Deng Adel wanted to speak with the media in order to apologize to the Cardinals' fanbase for getting suspenses earlier in the week.

The two players spoke for about five minutes and Mathiang said, 'We're very sorry."

"We want to apologize to our entire fan base about the situation," Mathiang said."We made a mistake. Me and D.A. regret it and we just wanted to apologize to everyone for the selfish and stupid thing we did.

"We're happy to be back on the team and getting ready for Miami."

Mathiang, who had his spot as a captain removed by Pitino, said it was painful to watch his team. The No. 4 Cardinals lost 71-55 with the depleted roster to the Cavaliers on Monday night in Charlottesville, Va.

"It made me feel even worse," Mathiang said.

Adel said the first thing the two players did was apologize to their teammates. The two are both expected back for the Cardinals game tomorrow against Miami at the KFC Yum Center.

"We know we hurt them more than anybody," Adel said. "We wanted to be there as much as they wanted us to be there, but in the end of the day we learned from our mistake."

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