Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes isn’t a big fan of New York City.
And he didn’t hold back his feelings on the city that never sleeps.
“I don’t really like New York,” Hayes said when asked how he would spend his free time following the Badgers’ Thursday practice in Madison Square Garden. “It’s too big, it’s dirty, trash everywhere, too many people. It’s cold right now.”
On Wednesday, the high in Manhattan was a whopping 43 degrees (according to the Yahoo Weather app). Last week, the East Coast was hit with a blizzard.
Hayes, who is originally from Ohio, is in New York for the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament. On Friday, Wisconsin will play Florida. This isn’t his first visit to New York – in January, the team traveled to the East Coast to play Rutgers.
At this point, New Yorkers – or those that view the city as a United States Mecca where dreams are made of – are probably saying hold on … he just needs to give the city a chance.
But Hayes says he has, and he’s seen enough.
“I guess it’s nice to look at in the movies,” Hayes said. “But I’ve had my fair share. I’m just trying to come here and win some basketball games.
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