Florida fans found a new way to taunt Auburn players Saturday, which forced the Tigers to take immediate action.
Gators fans tossed dollar bills at the Tigers at the end of Florida’s 72-66 win with the chant of “FBI” being audible in the O’Connell Center. Auburn men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl made sure the money would not cause issues going forward.
“It was real money, and I think there’s $5 or $6 that are out there. Because you guys know we’re compliant, we’ve actually turned that money over to compliance,” Pearl told AL.com. “Really. I don’t know, it was five or six bucks, but our people have the money. I don’t know what they’re going to do with it, probably give it to charity, but we’ve already self-reported.”
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The FBI chant from Gators fans referred to former Auburn assistant Chuck Person, who was implicated in the FBI’s college basketball investigation. Person was suspended by Auburn in September and terminated on Nov. 7.
The Florida fans’ taunting techniques weren’t taken lightly by Auburn guard Bryce Brown.
“That was kind of different,” Brown said. “I’ve never seen nothing like that. I’ll remember that next time we play them. I didn’t like that. I didn’t like how they tried us like that. I didn’t like that.”
Despite the off-the-court drama involving Person and suspended players Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy, Auburn is 24-5 and sits one game ahead of Tennessee for first in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers return to the court at 9 p.m. EST Tuesday when they face Arkansas on the road.