NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Romanian prosecutors say a man has been detained over the killing of former Sacred Heart player Chauncey Hardy.

Ionut Adrian Tanasoaia surrendered to police early Monday. He is accused of beating up Hardy in a bar in the southern Romanian city of Giurgiu on Saturday night.

Mediafax news agency reported that Tanasoaia allegedly attacked the ex-Pioneers guard because he wanted to dance with his girlfriend.

Hardy died shortly after undergoing surgery in a Bucharest hospital on Sunday. The 23-year-old from Middletown, Conn., had sustained severe head injuries and was in a coma when he was admitted to the hospital.

“This is a terrible tragedy and we are saddened as a University and a basketball program,” Sacred Heart men’s basketball coach Dave Bike said in a statement. “This is not just about a basketball player, but the person as well. It transcends what happens on a basketball court. We feel tremendous sadness and loss for Chauncey’s family and those who were close to him.”

Hardy played for CSS Giurgiu in southern Romania and was celebrating a victory over rival Dinamo Bucharest in Giurgiu when several men were reported to have attacked him.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of a fine young man who had his life cut short at such a young age while he was overseas doing something he loved,” said Sacred Heart athletic director C. Donald Cook.

Hardy averaged 12.5 points for Sacred Heart in 2009-10.

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Comments (6)
  1. Jerry says:

    Just a damn shame something as idiotic as that would cause such a tragedy.
    My prayers for his soul and his family.
    Dollars to donuts too much alcohol played a significant part here?

  2. Mr. Morality says:

    Is a possible case of self defense if he was making passing at the guys girlfriend.

    Some of these basketball players act like macho men.

    Hopefully Mr. Hardy wasn’t doing anything wrong.

    More then likely Mr. Tanasoaia can only be charged with manslaughter.

    1. Appalled says:

      WOW, Mr. Morality, guess you’re a witness for the defense, huh? Not to keen on black ballplayers sounds like.

    2. Peter says:

      Self defense.really? Are you a former member of the Barbara Sheehan jury?

    3. Tony says:

      Mr. Morality? This poor kid was a little drunk and asked to dance with someone’s girlfriend. These scum, dirtbags saw he was alone, an American and trounced on him; self defense is rediculous, especially when he was ganged up and outnumbered. Only charged with manslaughtrer; let me ask you this as a juror. When this kid was knocked out cold, they continued to bash his head in then fled; thats murder my friend, any good human would agree

    4. Law Student says:

      Mr. Morality, there is no possibilty of self defense in this case. Even if he was making a pass towards the girlfriend, it has to be a life threatening pass to even be considered self defense. Without provocation manslaughter will not hold either, unless the defense cuts a deal to ensure some justice. He will be lucky to be charged with 2nd degree. The prosecutors could even go after 1st degree if the boyfriend discussed assaulting the man (with colleagues) before he delivered the punch. In turn, Mr. Morality, stick to a subject you understand, like hunting down macho men basketball players.

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