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Hoyas spokesman talks about fight in Beijing

Posted on: August 18, 2011 4:25 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2011 4:58 pm
 
By Jeff Goodman

I just got off the phone with Georgetown spokesman Mex Carey - who was still awake at 4 a.m. local time. 

By now, you have, in all likelihood, heard about the Hoyas bench-clearing brawl in Beijing, China, on Thursday. You may have even seen the video of the fracas with the Bayi Rockets, a Chinese professional team. 

"It was a physical game," Carey said. "There's no question about it." 

And apparently, the Hoyas weren't getting a kind whistle as the Bayi Rockets went to the charity stripe 57 times to Georgetown's 15 free throws. The game was tied at 64 when the game was halted midway through the fourth quarter following the incidents.

"It wasn't that JT III (John Thompson III) pulled them off the floor," Carey said. "At that point, the game was done." 

Carey said that the players on both sides weren't injured following the altercation, but one Georgetown fan and alum was knocked unconscious after being hit with a water bottle in the throat area. 

Georgetown is slated to leave in the morning for Shanghai. The Hoyas have two more games left on their current trip - the next one on Monday - before they will head back home on Wednesday. 

The sad part, Carey said, is that this incident will certainly mar what had been a terrific trip for the Hoyas. 

"It's been a great experience," Carey said. ``It's a beautiful city."

Carey said the scariest part was actually when the players were separated and the fans in the arena were throwing objects at the team when they were walking off the court. 
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Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 8:15 pm
 

Hoyas spokesman talks about fight in Beijing

keepitreal, that funny, because the facebook description says it comes from wikipedia, but it's a knockoff.  The entire line about them being active military clearly states something different.  Hard to tell if it's just a mistake or simply made up, but it's incorrect.  The AP writer Gene Wang and other Chinese bloggers have clarified that they players are not military members.  The current wikipedia page is apparently correct (and it's not what the facebook page says it is), the group was founded with military members - as were a number of other teams with Bayi in the title - but the current roster is non-military.



Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: August 18, 2011 8:04 pm
 

Hoyas spokesman talks about fight in Beijing

I didnt know that the Hoyas came to Wangcouver - sorry Vancouver, but its clear as day in the video. 



Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 7:50 pm
 

Real Source of Conflict?

BaYi Rockets actually sponsored by Under Armour. In the video, Chinese crowd clearly yelling "WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE!"



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 7:31 pm
 

Hoyas spokesman talks about fight in Beijing



The Bayi Rockets facebook page states that they are current military members of the People's Liberation Army of China, even though they have corporate sponsors (a battery company with two deer as their logo, so the team is sometimes also called The Deer).

Bayi Shuanglu Rockets (八一双鹿
0005;池火箭) or Bayi Rockets or Bayi Army Rockets or Bayi Shuanglu are a team in the South Division of the , based in , . Bayi ("eight one") means "August First", so the English name of the team could be translated as August First Rockets, but this name is very rarely seen in English-language Chinese media. They are occasionally called Bayi Deers because of their corporate sponsorship by the Pairdeer brand of , whose logo is a pair of deer (双鹿, or shuanglu).

The Bayi Rockets are an army team and their players serve in the (PLA). The "" in their name represents the anniversary of the founding of the PLA. There are also other army teams with the Bayi name in other sports leagues, such as in the , the men's soccer team , and the women's soccer team .

The Bayi Rockets have a long history that predates the currently-existing CBA. When they entered the CBA in its inaugural season in 1995–1996, they had already won 34 national titles. The Bayi Rockets dominated the CBA in its earlier years, winning no less than seven championships in the first eight years of the CBA, including the first six CBA championships in a row, and the first five of those without losing a single playoff match. They also had a home-game unbeaten streak of 65 games that ended in 2002. In recent years, however, other CBA teams have become more competitive, and Bayi has won only one championship in the last four seasons (as of the end of the 2004–2005 season).



MiddleFinger
Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 7:27 pm
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Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 7:25 pm
 

Hoyas spokesman talks about fight in Beijing

keepitreal, where did you get that they're military?  The name was Bayi Army Rockets because the ORIGINAL team was military.  Now they're a corporate-sponsored team, no different from Real Madrid.  If you've got something that shows the contrary, please post it.




Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 7:22 pm
 

Hoyas spokesman talks about fight in Beijing

Jefgg, U.S. college teams have been playing games like this in China for decades without incident, making your ignorant rant baseless.

BTW, karate is Japanese.  It would have been as funny as if the Georgetown guys had used it.



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 7:18 pm
 

Hoyas spokesman talks about fight in Beijing

The Chinese team, the Bayi Rockets, are China's MILITARY basketball players.  Yes, they are one of the pro clubs, but they are also all members of the Peoples Liberation Army.  What Chinese cop is going to stop one of the elite military from doing anything?  Why are our college students playing the Chinese military pro team, which has a long history of championships (surprise) but last year didn't make the country's finals and now were being shown up by US college kids?  Duke and the U of Hawaii are in China playing teams there too.  No problems, except with the Bayi Rockets.  I surely hope no one else has them on the schedule to play.

Stay safe, Hoyas, much love!  USA!


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Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 7:07 pm
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Since: Nov 1, 2008
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