Bill Self addresses Naadir Tharpe photo

Following Andrew Wiggins’ press conference on Monday, Bill Self addressed the media about a viral photo of Naadir Tharpe that gained a lot of attention Sunday night.

This photo of Naadir Tharpe and an unidentified woman surfaced over the weekend. Photo is edited to remove unpleasant sights.
This photo of Naadir Tharpe and an unidentified woman surfaced over the weekend. Photo is edited to remove unpleasant sights.

“Obviously, we are aware and had it brought to our attention this weekend,” Self said. “Certainly extremely disappointed with what transpired and the judgment that went along with it. To say anything else publicly would be something that would be inappropriate at this time. It will be handled internally. It will be addressed, and it will be handled internally.”

Tharpe, who was suspended for the first game of the 2013-2014 season for playing in an unauthorized summer league game, started 31 of 35 games last year. Tharpe finished the year averaging 8.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, 5 assists and 2.1 turnovers per game.

The photo in question originated on the social media site Reddit and went viral on Twitter on Sunday night.

  • Lady J

    Someone needs to sit Naadir down and explain to him that he cannot act like every other KU student off the court. I guess that will be Self.

    He definitely needs to grow up and show better judgement on and off the court! He’s not breaking any laws but dang kid why let someone take a pic of you? Especially you. With who he is on the KU campus, you don’t put your business out on blast like that for all to see because, guess what, someone is going to seize the opportunity to take your puncture and then do whatever they want with it- just exactly what happened! Once it’s gone viral, it’s out there forever for all to see! Congrats Naadir!

    I don’t feel sorry for him regarding whatever punishment Self lays down. I just Tharpe learns from this experience.