Zach McCabe made headlines this past season when he snapped at a criticizing fan on Twitter. The incident prompted Iowa Hawkeyes coach Fran McCaffery to take away the team’s Twitter ‘privileges’ for the rest of the year. That seemed like it would be the end of McCabe’s fan interaction, but it was certainly not.
To cap his Hawkeye career, McCabe has alleged assaulted someone at an Iowa City bar. There was a report on Deadspin pointing to the fan possibly having harassed the forward on Twitter, but what we know for sure is that the man tried to break up an argument between McCabe and a girl.
After a bit of interaction McCabe apparently punched the man in the face, knocked him to the ground and blew him a kiss on his way out of the bar. The former Hawkeye then apparently turned himself into police the next day.
So while this sounds like just another funny bar incident, it’s kind of sad for McCabe. Fans won’t really care at this point because he’s no longer a part of team, but it’s still not the way a player wants to end his career. Fans will now associate this incident and the one on Twitter with McCabe more closely than anything he did on the court in 2013-14.
McCabe was always just an okay basketball player who would show flashes of being more than just a hustler from time to time. He played solid minutes over the last few years, but fans certainly won’t miss him in the future.