Marquette coach Buzz Williams: Basketball player citations were handled

Buzz Williams. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Marquette coach Buzz Williams: Basketball player citations were handled

By WTMJ News Team. CREATED Mar 20, 2012 - UPDATED: Mar 20, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- Six members of the Marquette men's basketball team have been ticketed for being underage in a downtown Milwaukee club, according to the Journal Sentinel's Don Walker.

Recently released police reports say that those players went to Apt. 720 Club, 720 N. Milwaukee St., in downtown Milwaukee on Jan. 29.  The tickets were served on the athletes on March 12.

Clear, the team's head coach is trying to move on.  "We handled it on January 29th within our team. We handled it with the administration on January the 30th.  That was a Monday.  That's all I have to say about it." said head coach Buzz Williams.

Earlier this year, Milwaukee police issued Juan Anderson, Vander Blue, Jamail Jones, Todd Mayo, Jake Thomas, and Derrick Wilson with citations.

The students did violate the school's alcohol policy by being in the presence of alcoholic beverages.  Still, coach Williams argues it happened months ago, and he questions the timing of a newly released report -- especially as his players await the Sweet 16 match up.

"The players got their citations on March the 12th.. that doesn't add up to me," said Williams.

Marquette University has released a statement about the tickets.

Fans told TODAY'S TMJ4 they're glad the students faced punishment, but now they're focused on their team taking home a title.  "I think that once they get on the bus, they're probably putting everything aside and gonna go play," said Marquette fan Bethany Blechacz.

Each of the players were fined $374.