Georgetown Caught in Volatile Situation


There is no such thing as an innocent exhibition in China. There are only loaded political games, as John Thompson III apparently understands. Thompson hasn’t won any coach of the year awards lately but he deserves an award for diplomacy, and apparently a safety medal, for his handling of Georgetown’s bench-clearing, chair-throwing cultural exchange in Beijing.

The pictures are ugly: Hoyas guard Jason Clark laying on the floor while a Chinese rival stands over him with his leg raised, ready to stomp him. Fists wind-milled and chairs cartwheeled through the air, one of them hitting Henry Sims. First the benches cleared, then the stands, as the fighting spread all over the arena, forcing one Hoya to wield a chair like a lion tamer. Chinese...

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