It’s Definately Basketbrawl Season

December 19, 2006
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As the NBA struggles to promote a more positive image, some of its players continue to embrace the idea of using thuggery and mayhem as a means of settling differences on the court.

It was a tough night for the New York Knicks in more ways than one.

Ten players, including NBA scoring leader Carmelo Anthony, were ejected for fighting during a wild brawl near the end of Saturday night’s game between the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks.

Punches were thrown and players flew into the crowd in the NBA’s ugliest scene since Indiana Pacers players fought with Detroit fans on the court and in the stands in 2004.

With the Knicks on the verge of another embarrassing home loss and angry that Denver still had its stars on the floor, Knicks guard Mardy Collins flagrantly fouled the Nuggets’ J.R. Smith to trigger the melee.

See entire article HERE.

UPDATE:

Nuggets, Knicks Suspensions

DENVER

Carmelo Anthony: Suspended for
15 Games- Salary lost: $640,096.50
Eligible to return: Jan. 20 at Houston

J.R. Smith: Suspended for
10 Games- Salary lost: $126,141.81
Eligible to return: Jan. 8 vs. Milwaukee

Nene: Suspended for
1 Game- Salary lost: $72,727.27
Eligible to return: Dec. 20 vs. Phoenix

NEW YORK

Nate Robinson: Suspended for
10 Games- Salary lost: $107,770.90
Eligible to return: Jan. 10 vs. Phila.

Mardy Collins: Suspended for
6 Games- Salary lost: $49,084.36
Eligible to return: Dec. 31 at Clippers

Jared Jeffries:
Suspended for
4 Games- Salary lost: $189,636.36
Eligible to return: Dec. 27 vs. Detroit

Jerome James:
Suspended for
1 Games- Salary lost: $49,090.90
Eligible to return: Dec. 20 vs. Charlotte

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They say that everything is bigger it Texas, and I guess that high school rivalries are no exception.

A boys high school basketball game between rival Dallas schools was suspended after an arena-clearing brawl.

Play was suspended Friday with 5:04 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Carter-Kimball game. Fights broke out in the concourse of Ellis Davis Field House.

Dallas SWAT and operation disruption units, along with Dallas school district security, tried to contain the situation. Pepper spray was used.

Dallas police Sgt. Gil Cerda said, “The fight started inside, and it got bigger and bigger and went outside. It got pretty big and out of control.”

The game ended with Carter ahead 60-57. The teams were tied 34-34 at the half, and Carter led by one entering the fourth quarter.

Police said there were no serious injuries.

See entire article HERE.

One has to wonder if this chaos was caused, at least in part by, the over aggressive and sometimes violent behavior these teen players have seen from some of their “role models��? in the NBA. There has to be some sort of trickle down effect. Doesn’t there?

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