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Dear Gary (on Nike Global Challenge scuffle)

Posted on: August 11, 2008 3:25 pm

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Here's Monday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: If you find any video of the scuffle at the Nike Global Challenge, please post it. I would love to see that.

-- Martin

Alas, I still haven't seen a video.

But I do have more details.

A source close to the situation (really close; like right there) said Sunday morning that he saw the whole thing go down, and that Hamilton -- contrary to his quote -- might've, well, actually started it. I'll try to explain. But the first thing you need to know is that the Serbian team was feisty and rough and unafraid of contact. I like those dudes. But Hamilton didn't enjoy their enthusiasm nearly as much, and after finding himself on the floor alongside a similarly tripped-up Serbian for the second time in a short span he -- again, according to a source close to the incident -- pushed the Serbian's face down into the court as he was getting up, like tried to shove the guy's nose straight through the wood.

That's when the other Serbian charged Hamilton and took a swing.

Then Roscoe Smith grabbed the ball and threw it at him.

And I sure hope the Olympics are this interesting.

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