Jahvon Quinerly Issues Apology for Instagram Post


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Jahvon Quinerly Issues Apology for Instagram Post

Tim Kopera

On Thursday morning, freshman point guard Jahvon Quinerly issued an apology via Twitter for a controversial, cryptic Instagram story post on Tuesday night.

The apology read, “After suffering a disappointing loss to Penn Tuesday night, I briefly posted a controversial comment on Instagram. I knew it was a mistake as soon as it posted, and immediately removed it. I want to apologize to my fellow students, the Villanova Alumni, the fans, my coaches and my teammates for the embarrassment and the controversy I have caused our program. I regret what I said, and have learned an important lesson about the power and reach of social media and the impact of having an impulsive reaction in a public forum. I will work hard to regain your trust and support.”

Quinerly’s apology came roughly 36 hours after an Instagram story of a black screen that read “Was my 2nd choice for a reason,” in reference to his recruiting process, in which the Wildcats were his second option behind the University of Arizona. Quinerly de-committed from the University of Arizona in the wake of an FBI scandal and committed to Villanova shortly after. He deactivated his Instagram account after several posts that made it appear that his account was hacked early Wednesday morning. Quinerly’s account has since been reactivated and each of the posts has been deleted. 

Jay Wright, head coach of the men’s basketball team, described the post as “the normal frustration of a young kid that’s used to playing a lot, and not playing.” Wright continued, “[On Wednesday] we talked about it, and he feels really bad about it. It’s a learning experience. We all know he’s a good kid, so it’s not an issue that concerns us. We accept his apology.”

As for the speculation as to whether this post pointed towards Quinerly potentially transferring from the university, Wright did not express any concern. “You worry about all the kids. You want to make sure everybody’s happy. Jahvon wants to play more, but he’s very happy at Villanova,” Wright said. 

The Wildcats are back in action this Saturday when they travel to Lawrence to battle the top-ranked Kansas Jayhawks. The game will be aired on ESPN at noon.