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"Travis Carroll, he came down, and he latched into me and kind of bumped me," Dawson said Tuesday. "The ball went in through the net, and he kept going. Our arms got tangled, and I kind of smacked down. We kind of had some words, and our guys were talking toward each other, so it got kind of chippy.
"With Purdue and their fans, it was just crazy because I wouldn't do anything to hurt anyone. I was just kind of bummed out about it."
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said the previous day that the Big Ten reviewed the play and found that it did not warrant disciplinary action.
Dawson, a former Purdue recruit, did become aware of comments that Boilermakers fans directed at him on the Internet after accusing him of punching Carroll.
"I was just kind of shocked," Dawson said, adding he learned of fan comments about the idea that he should be injured at Mackey Arena next month when the two teams face off again. "It was just crazy what they were saying, and I was just kind of bummed out about it because I'm a great guy. I'm a nice guy, and I wouldn't do anything to hurt any other player. Coach just told me stay off of it, don't worry about what they were saying."
“The Big Ten needs to handle that. I need to get our guys to make better decisions.”