Chatman: 'Exchange ... blown out of context'

Updated: January 31, 2006, 12:37 PM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Baylor coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson expressed her displeasure with a comment made to her by LSU coach Pokey Chatman before tipoff of Monday night's game.

"She said something very unprofessional before the game and I was responding to what she said," Mulkey-Robertson said about her remarks to Chatman during their post-game handshake. "You don't say things like that. She hasn't earned the right to say something like that to me" because "she hasn't been coaching long enough."

Asked what Chatman said, Mulkey-Robertson told reporters to question Chatman.

Chatman later refused to say what upset Mulkey-Robertson.

"It was an exchange between two people in the profession," Chatman said. "I promise you it's been blown out of context. Did I say something unprofessional? Not at all. Have you ever heard something like that come from me?

"It was really hard to hear what [Mulkey-Robertson] was saying after the game. I was trying to get my hand away and congratulate her staff and get back to the locker room. The air is cleared. That's my story. There's nothing to clear."

In a rematch of their NCAA semifinal game last season, the fifth-ranked Lady Tigers routed the No. 10 Lady Bears 88-57.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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