A terrorist attack in Barcelona left at least 13 dead and 100 injured on Thursday, but fortunately no one from the Oregon State men’s basketball team — which is in Barcelona on a foreign summer trip — was harmed. The attack occurred across the street from the team hotel, where the Beavers were having a pre-game meal during their foreign summer trip. The team watched the attack unfold from their hotel window, but coach Wayne Tinkle announced the entire team is safe in a short video on Twitter.
A message from @BeaverMBB Head Coach @waynetinkle following today's incident in Barcelona. pic.twitter.com/vbiIghuLtF
— Go Beavs (@BeaverAthletics) August 17, 2017
Strength and conditioning coach Jeff Macy also released a statement through Twitter.
— Jeff Macy (@jeffmacy) August 17, 2017
The events understandably left everyone in the program shaken, so the team got together to collect their thoughts before heading back to their rooms. From the Oregonian:
“The coaches checked on them continuously and then brought them together again,” Barnes said. “They’re in good shape right now, given the circumstances. … They feel like talking amongst each other is therapy within this regard.”
Arizona, Clemson, Grand Canyon and Tulane were also in the Barcelona on Thursday, and they all confirmed their safety on Twitter as well.
Our entire travel party is safe and accounted for following the situation in Barcelona today. Our thoughts are with the people affected.
— Arizona Basketball (@APlayersProgram) August 17, 2017
Travel party with Clemson men's basketball team currently in Barcelona is safe and secure… pic.twitter.com/GsmmGha2dR
— Clemson Athletics (@ClemsonTigers) August 17, 2017
The Lopes won the Spain trip exhibition opener 96-58 in a town outside Barcelona. Team and staff are safe. Braun: 16; Lever: 12; Benson: 11.
— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) August 17, 2017
Everyone associated with @GreenWaveMBB is safe and accounted for in Barcelona today after an incident involving a van injuring pedestrians.
— Troy Dannen (@TU_Dannen) August 17, 2017