Bennedict Mathurin: March Madness gets scandalous after Arizona player seen touching cheerleader's chest
Mathurin, a 19-year-old sophomore, scored 30 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and dished out two assists in TCU's win on Sunday
An Arizona player and a TCU performer got into an act during Sunday's NCAA game in San Diego, which made headlines. A March Madness video showed guard Bennedict Mathurin touching a TCU Showgirl's chest as he made his way to the locker room. The viral video has drawn a lot of criticism.
Mathurin was seen heading to the locker room after Arizona's 85-80 overtime win over TCU, which sent the Wildcats to the Sweet 16. The TCU Showgirls were nearby. In the footage that has gone viral on social media, some people have speculated whether the player intentionally touched the chest of a TCU performer as he exited the court.
The University of Arizona and TCU officials have reportedly been in contact since Sunday's game about the following incident, according to the Fort Worth-Star Telegram. Mathurin has not responded to the event on Instagram or Twitter as of Tuesday.
Ummmm…did the Arizona go later just give the TCU cheerleader a tap? pic.twitter.com/VbVRLoqp2V— Kyle G. Adema (@KyleGAdema) March 21, 2022
Mathurin, a 19-year-old sophomore, scored 30 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and dished out two assists in TCU's win on Sunday. In this year's NBA Draft, he is widely regarded as a top prospect. On Thursday, Arizona, the No. 1 seed in the South Region, will meet No. 5 Houston.
Who is Bennedict Mathurin?
Bennedict Mathurin is 19 years old as of March 23, 2022. He was born on June 19, 2002, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and his full name is Richard Bennedict Felder. Mathurin is a Canadian citizen who stands at a respectable 6 feet 6 inches tall.
Mathurin has competed for the Canadian national team in a number of competitions, helping the team win some of the games. He represented Canada at the 2021 FIBA Under-19 World Cup in Riga and Daugavpils, Latvia, after being cut from the Olympic team. He has been a sports fan from a young age, having played ice hockey and football as a quarterback. He had played basketball for the Quebec provincial squad.
Mathurin attended Arizona University and chose the Wildcats over Baylor. In addition, North Pole Hoops named him the greatest Canadian prospect in his class. Mathurin was named in the Jerry West Shooting Guard Award Preseason Watch List as a college basketball player. He has been a member of the Arizona Cardinals since 2020. Mathurin was also named to the First Team Preseason All Pac-12 by the league's media. Similarly, entering the 2021-22 season, CBSSports.com ranked him as the 48th best player in college basketball.