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Georgetown now fighting teams in China

Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:14 am
Edited on: August 18, 2011 10:42 am
By Matt Norlander

We can now presume when the Hoyas met with Joe Biden in Beijing yesterday, they didn't talk about peace and diplomacy.

And I'm guessing, unlike the Biden photo-op, we won't be receiving a press release about this dust-up.

UPDATE: Statement from Georgetown is as follows, "Tonight, two great teams played a very competitive game that unfortunately ended after heated exchanges with both teams. We sincerely regret that this situation occurred."

Georgetown's team got pulled off the court in the fourth quarter of a game Friday (it's Friday over there) against Baiyi, when the score was 64-64, after players began fighting and "chairs were being thrown. Players and coaches had to dodge water bottles hurled from stands."

I can't quite make out the photo to the right, but it could very well be Hollis Thompson swinging limbs with a Baiyi player.

It never even gets this bad against Syracuse. Did someone say "your Mom's a Hoya!" in Mandarin? Is that what led to what looks like complete chaos in an overseas exhibition?

Well, via Ballin' is a Habit, this messageboard claims to have the rundown on what happened, as the poster was in attendance at the game. It is a messageboard, so we always tread carefully, but here's a lengthy, supposedly informed excerpt:

The whole thing came undone in the third. About two minutes in, the ridiculously lopsided foul calls continued and the first real shoving match kicked off over a loose ball. The players on the court separated each other pretty quickly, but then the craziest thing I've ever seen happened- one of the Bayi big men got in JT3's face and almost took a swing. He was so shocked he didn't know what to do. So that upped the ante a bit.

Then the foul calls truly took on a comical dimension. ... There were four or five intentional fouls called, giving them four shots each time down the court. JT3 was called for a technical for stepping over the line onto the court. ... A few exchanges got testy and at one point players had to restrain themselves again.

Two minutes into the fourth, they were pressing full court, trapped one of our guards (I forget who it was), and then must have pushed or punched him on the ground after he made the outlet pass, because then there was a shoving match and then a bit of a fight, and then the whole thing set off. He tried to get away as quickly as possible as the Chinese players sort of converged on him, and then benches cleared, and then people on the Chinese bench started picking up chairs. Everyone on the other side of the court started fighting as well. Brawl spread all over the court, and then off the court. After it kicked off it immediately became possible for the crowd to get involved, and then they did. As we tried to get the team off the court, bottles (plastic ones, thankfully) came out of the crowd at the team and everyone left. Security was there (sort of), but it was more equivalent to mall cop-quality security rather than actual security. The Georgetown staff wanted the security to get on the floor, but honestly these guys didn't have a clue what to do. They escorted the whole alumni contingent out fairly quickly after that.
To me, just looks like another example of some real team bonding on an overseas trip. Mission accomplished, really.

Photos via here
Category: NCAAB

Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:57 am

Georgetown now fighting teams in China

Um, it's still Thursday. Even in China.

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:53 am

Georgetown now fighting teams in China


Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:40 am

Georgetown now fighting teams in China

Having been in attendance at a foreign game of Chinese nature (Taiwan) they are definitely super physical in their play.  It's even worse than the NBA as the refs let virtual slaps to the head go by without calling a foul.  Now of course Taiwan is different than China, but I am not surprised to hear the Chinese team, wanting to beat the Americans, was overly physical. 

In my surmise I would guess the Hoyas did the right thing in sticking up for themselves.  Remember this is the same country that grew up with a culture of it being ok to kill female babies...and I am married to a Chinese woman so you can keep any bashing comments to yourself.  I have been there, seen it, in the boonies and the cities.  I know of what I speak.

The author of this article does not investigate anything other than to state mostly his opinion, is this a journalism piece or op ed opinion?  It's pretty pathetic if an actual article based on facts since he has none but what a blogger wrote.

Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:11 am

Georgetown now fighting teams in China

To the Reporter-

Your use of the English language to dismiss the Georgetown basketball team is impressive.  Maybe you should get a job as bad sports journalist.  The team had to leave due to the violence directed towards them; Chinese team throwing chairs and their fans hurling water bottles at college kids.  How can you presume the team started the fight?  From initial reports, it sounds like the Chinese team was the instigating the rough play.  I'm glad to see CBS Sports has unbiased reporting.

Since: May 16, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:10 am

Georgetown now fighting teams in China

Wow this is crazy ! Does anyone know where a video of the melee is ? I looked on youtube, but nothing. Did we kick their commi butts ? Does anyone have more details ? Thanks for the other story link. Well hopefully this will keep us from sleepwalkindg through this season at least !

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:03 am

Georgetown now fighting teams in China

Based on all the accounts it's more like Georgetown Players defending themself from attack by a Chinese team. Georgetown got off the court as soon as possible. They removed themselves from the situation as soon as they were able to safely get everyone off the court safely.

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:56 am

Georgetown now fighting teams in China

Matt - Did you use the words "always tread carefully" in an article titled "Georgetown now fighting teams in China?"  Are you aware of the irony/stupidity of suggesting a calm and measured approach to a developing story DIRECTLY UNDER an inflammatory title?  Please enlighten me as to teams that Georgetown was "fighting" in the US?  I'm sure you have a situation that you are referring to in the last say, oh, decade? 

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:56 am

Georgetown now fighting teams in China

Um, hey Matt. That's Jason Clark, not Hollis Thompson. Guess they all look alike to you.

Suggested hed: Western Connecticut State Now Providing Morons to

Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:53 am

That's the title you came up with?

Oh wait, you're the moron who called Austin Freeman an alcoholic.Read an eyewitness account here.  A Chinese pro men's team and their fans basically attacked US university students after trying to rig the game a la the 1972 Olympics.


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