Louisville police use tear gas on celebrating fans

April 9, 2013 – 6:53 am by Ryan Phillips

Louisville Fans Celebrate

Needless to say, Louisville fans were pretty excited when their college basketball team won the national championship Monday night. After the Cardinals bested the Michigan Wolverines 82-76 in a phenomenal game, Louisville students took to the streets to celebrate. And police quickly took to the streets to disperse the crowd.

Campus police, working with Louisville police used tear gas and an armored car early Tuesday morning to “calm disturbances” that erupted during the celebrations. There were just 10 reported arrests and three injuries in the aftermath of the revelry.

As the celebration was dying down things reportedly got out of hand near Cardinal Boulevard and Third Street. An officer was attacked and riot police were called in as a result. As students fled the area, bottles were thrown and the police were forced to use tear gas.

Order was finally restored around 2:30 a.m.

Initial reports make this celebration seem tame compared to what happened last year after Kentucky won the title and a full-scale riot broke out.

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  1. 9 Responses to “Louisville police use tear gas on celebrating fans”

  2. THEY TALKED ABOUT UK FANS CELEBRATING LAST YEAR!!!! THIS IS TEN TIMES WORSE THAN WHAT HAPPENED IN LEXINGTON, AT LEAST NOBODY GOT SHOT AND FANS WERE NOT FIRING REAL GUNS, THEY BURNED ONE CAR YOU GUYS HAD TWO BURNING.
    REAP WHAT YOU SOW.

    By debbie on Apr 9, 2013

  3. Um, Debbie? Not sure but sounds like you’re saying UofL fans were 10 times worse than the rioting UK fans from last year. From the link in the article above about the UK fans’ riot last year:

    “At least one person was shot and dozens arrested in Lexington, Ky., early this morning as University of Kentucky students celebrated the school’s NCAA basketball championship win.

    What began as a chaotic celebration quickly turned into mayhem overnight as a crowd of 15,000 people rioted in the streets after the Wildcats defeated Kansas for their eighth championship win. Fire officials in Lexington said they put out more than 40 fires, including a car, several mattresses, couches and piles of garbage that were ignited.”

    Now, compare that to what happened in Louisville last night.

    By Jerry T on Apr 9, 2013

  4. I am a native Kentuckian and a UK graduate. I am very happy for the Cardinals. I am thrilled that our state has kept the title “home”. Can’t we use this to pull us together?

    Cheers

    By Rita on Apr 9, 2013

  5. Louisville kicked UM butt real good.Barkley sadi UM gonna win,not this lifetime,lol!GO UL!!!

    By Big Mike on Apr 9, 2013

  6. I am an LSU and N.O. Saints fan graduating 2x from LSU; and I have lived my entire life in New Orleans, (yeah, Katrina and all). When LSU won two national championships in New Orleans, 2003 & 2007, and when the Saints won the Super Bowl in 2010, there were no fires, no rioting, nothing. We went to Bourbon St. and had a great time enjoying the victories in peace, but not quiet. We yelled, stayed drunk and then we went home. I never understood why so many places seem to have a melt down when their team wins. In NO it was a love fest for all three games. Ya’ll need to watch how the big boys party.

    By Raykibb on Apr 9, 2013

  7. Heck, in New Orleans people are partying all the time anyway!!!!

    By Teresa on Apr 9, 2013

  8. I’m happy for you guys, but geez get a life, what’s with the roiting everytime you win, it’s a good thing nothing really big happens at the U K like somebody there cured cancer, you guys would burn down the Capital building.

    By mike on Apr 9, 2013

  9. Seriously, why can’t people celebrate with class and dignity? I mean, really, what good does actin a fool do during a celebration other than get tear gas sprayed at you?

    By Sports Inboundz.com on Apr 9, 2013

  10. Rioters are just mindless idiots. Makes zero sense to destroy things or harm others as a form of celebration. Possibly it’s just a southern tradition. Regardless though, it’s embarrassing and more so it’s sad knowing these fools are allowed to vote.

    By Belly on Apr 10, 2013

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