Georgetown Brawl Not First for China

Georgetown Brawl Not First for China

On Thursday, an exhibition game in China was the scene of an intense brawl between Georgetown and their Chinese opponents. While the Hoyas do not have a history of bad behavior, in-game violence is a problem that the Chinese Basketball Association has faced for years.

In 2005, a brawl broke out in the final minutes of a game against Puerto Rico in Beijing after two Chinese players launched themselves off of the bench to go after the Puerto Rican players. The clash was spurred by a foul against current Wizards player Yi Jianlian, who was playing for Beijing at the time.

An account of that fight in the New York Times showed that while the players, including Yi, were at the center of the brawl, fans “hurled abuse along with drinks, plastic bottles, yogurt and popcorn at the Puerto Rican team as it left the court."

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