NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa — Maishe Dailey knew that when he posted what he did on his Twitter account on June 5 there was going to be some kickback.
The sophomore-to-be on the Iowa basketball team knew he would get questions. He knew some people wouldn’t like what he did. He knew some people would think he was wrong for going public.
But he also felt a certain obligation to share an incident that seemingly is becoming all too common in this day and age.
“My mom talked to me and said with the platform I have now on a Division I stage I can talk for some of the kids who can’t talk and be heard,’’ Dailey said.
Dailey and seven friends were walking around the downtown area in his hometown of Cleveland on June 4, looking for a place to watch their beloved Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the NBA finals.
They suddenly were confronted by eight police officers, who slammed them to the pavement and searched them. They were kept there for 40 minutes and were searched several more times before finally being released.
“They let us go and said ‘We thought you guys had a gun,’’’ Dailey reported in his Twitter statement.
The soft-spoken Dailey isn’t inclined to provide a lot of additional details.
“I don’t want to talk too much about it, but it was like a scary situation,’’ he said after playing in a game in the Prime Time League recently. “When I posted on Twitter, I just wanted to share with the world that it’s real and it happens. It was scary for me.’’
Within 20 minutes after tweeting the news, Dailey got a phone call from Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery, who spoke to him for 10 minutes and warned him to be prepared to answer questions about the incident and his tweet.
But McCaffery also expressed his support for Dailey’s decision to go public, which made the 6-foot-7 guard feel pretty good.
“It really did because it’s just hard to imagine why someone like Colin Kaepernick … he’s taking the punishment for speaking out and doing what he thinks is right,’’ Dailey said. “So it’s good to have my coach behind my back no matter what decision I choose.’’
Dailey said he and his friends filed a formal complaint, and now just plan to let the system take whatever course it takes.
He’s ready to focus on basketball and trying to take advantage of an opportunity to possibly get extra playing time with the departure of shooting guard Peter Jok.
Dailey played very little last season as a freshman, appearing in only 12 games and playing just 92 minutes, but he said he feels as though he made major strides in developing his skills.
He even grew another inch and said he still is learning how to use his size in conjunction with a smooth lefthanded shooting stroke that allowed him to make 6 of 10 shots from 3-point range in his first two games in the PTL.
“I’m still learning because my freshman year of high school I was only like 5-11,’’ he said. “Now I’m 6-7 … So I’m still learning how to use my height and be able to work inside and outside on the offensive end.’’
With as little as he played last season, he probably could have taken a redshirt year, sitting out the entire season in order to preserve a year of eligibility. But he’s actually glad he didn’t do that.
“I don’t regret not redshirting. I like my decision,’’ he said. “I think it was a good decision just because it kept me on my toes.’’