It wasn’t exactly on the same stage as Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, but another Bay Area athletic team was subjected Saturday night to a choke signal after a tough defeat on national television.
Moments after BYU pulled off a come-from-behind victory over Saint Mary’s in Moraga, BYU’s freshman forward Eric Mika flashed a “choke” signal at the student section. ESPN cameras showed Mika taunting the crowd and making the gesture just before the teams lined up to shake hands.
Mika scored five points in 17 minutes of action in the Cougars’ 60-57 victory, which moved BYU into second place with a 10-5 record in the WCC behind Gonzaga. Saint Mary’s and USF are tied for third with 9-5 marks.
Mika disclosed last week on his Twitter account he has submitted his paperwork for an expected two-year hiatus from basketball to take part in a Latter-day Saints mission.