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Video: Ugly fight erupts at D-League game

Posted on: April 4, 2011 3:11 pm
Here's video of an ugly fight that occurred during a D-League game. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Look, it's the D-League, so I won't bore you with anything but the most pertinent details. A big fight broke out and it occured on a basketball court and there were definitely some punches thrown and heads locked in a giant skirmish that was prompted by an overly flirtatious screen. 

The grapplers were Scottie Reynolds, of moderate fame from Villanova, and Connor Atchley, a player whose parents might not recognize if he didn't have a jersey with his name on it. During the fourth quarter of a game between the Springfield Armor and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Atchley set a weird pick on Reynolds who responded in the most violent way possible: throwing him to the ground and beating the stuffing out of him as the referees stood around and watched. Eventually, the benches cleared and broke things up.

Via, here's video of their altercation that saw multiple ejections and will likely lead to multiple suspensions as well. 

The quote of the night came from Rio Grande Valley Vipers coach Chris Finch, who told that he was ejected for doing what the referees should have been doing.
 "I was shocked," Finch said. "The decision was made because they said I escalated it, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. I pulled Reynolds off of Atchley. No one else would pull them off. The referees ran away from the situation. Then, it was a matter of getting them separated in a pile. I don’t know how they feel that’s escalating. Coaches are allowed to get on the court to break it up and that’s what I did."
God bless Finch for his honesty. But can you imagine how much he would be fined if he made those comments about NBA officials? 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2011 12:13 pm

Video: Ugly fight erupts at D-League game

Connor played for a little school called the University of Texas. With people you may not know like Kevin Durant, DJ Augustin, and Damion James. I believe there may be a few people besides his parents that know who he is. If the D league is so unimportant why blog about it? Have some basketball IQ first, then waste our time with your "writing".

Since: Apr 5, 2011
Posted on: April 5, 2011 12:09 pm

Video: Ugly fight erupts at D-League game

If the D-League rules are the same as the NBA.  Every player that even left their seat on the bench will be suspended one game.  That has been an age old rule.  They don't have to all be suspended for the next game but ASAP. 

Players who are on the floor at the time of an altercation are allowed to try and contain the players in the tussle but if their intent is construed incorrectly they risk a suspension also.  Coaches can be suspended in the same manner as they aren't supposed to engage in the altercation either, but the bench players for sure.

Since: Dec 8, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2011 11:30 am

Video: Ugly fight erupts at D-League game

That's why "Scottie" is lucky to be in the d league.

Since: Aug 4, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:37 am

Video: Ugly fight erupts at D-League game

Yes very far fetched,she should watch the whole melee before talking to the scorers table,who knows what else could be happening out there. she was helpless in that situation.Not blaming her,but i will question who hires someone that cant handle every situation thrown at them out there.

Since: Jul 7, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2011 9:53 am

Video: Ugly fight erupts at D-League game

Video proof that there should not be female referees for male basketball. Let them do womens games, cause good old number 11 doesnt mind accepting a paycheck for her work, just as long as she doesnt have to risk breaking a nail.

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2011 9:20 am

Video: Ugly fight erupts at D-League game

Scottie going "bonkers"? WTH! This bloger who posted this farce of a wrestling bout has never seen a fight in his life. Funny how that Conner guy was removed and the camera never followed him like it did Scottie. I guess the camera man had to follow the biggest mouth but I would be pissed too if a guy ran a UFC style pick at me.

I felt sorry for the female ref. She looked so out of place and frightened. It would of been cool to see her jump in the middle of it but she just got out of the way and stood back like her boyfriend was being attacked... Then again, that was a good laugh.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2011 9:04 am

Trying to sensationalise a non-story

This is a total BS story.  Reynolds didn't thrwo the guy to the ground, their legs got entangled, they both went down, and he certainly didn't "pummel" the other guy.

Since: Oct 11, 2010
Posted on: April 5, 2011 2:13 am

Video: Ugly fight erupts at D-League game

All I saw was bodies of players on each other, never saw a punch thrown and Scottie walked away under contro,l for this to be an ugly fight I never saw it, so I guess I have to take the word of a terrible blogger and the high school play by play guy, "Scottie's going bonkers" hahahah

Since: Apr 1, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2011 11:53 pm

Video: Ugly fight erupts at D-League game

Haha Scotty Reynolds is going absolutely bonkers!

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2011 7:58 pm

Video: Ugly fight erupts at D-League game

She was probably announcing to the scorer's table the numbers of the players and from which team were to be ejected, genius...If I was a ref and the people fighting out weighed me by 100 lbs.  I would be hanging out at the scorer's table myself, if not behind it!  It is called common sense.

Really?  While the fight is going on she's announcing to the scoring table who is to be ejected?  Pretty far-fetched explanation, further weakened by the fact that she is not turned towards the scorer's table nor does she appear to be saying anything.  It's like she's transfixed by the fight and too afraid to move.

If she or any referee is afraid to get in the mix like that then they are not qualified to do the job.  Part of being an official means having to step in occasionally between two athletes who significantly outweigh you.  Almost always the mere presence of a ref is enough to calm things down and it is not necessary for them to physically manhandle athletes of superior size and strength. But you've got to get in there and do something. I might cut her a little slack if this were a wild melee with fists flying, but this was more like a scrum.

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