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Check Out This Crazy Brawl On The Basketball Court Between The US And China

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Has the game of basketball become more of a contact sport than football ? Well, it certainly seemed to at a recent game between Georgetown University and China. The team was there on a good will trip but ended up going blow to blow. Before half time there were already 40 fouls called during the game, and things just got worse from there. Punches and chairs were  thrown, players were tackled and total chaos erupted on the court.

Before anyone was seriously hurt, Thompson said, “We’re outta here,” and pointed toward the tunnel behind the Hoyas bench leading underneath the stands.

As Thompson and his staff summoned players together and began escorting them off the court, the group had to dodge plastic water bottles being hurled from the stands. Once they reached the safety of the locker room, the team immediately gathered all its equipment and headed for the buses outside.

You would think that by now police would have stepped in but…not so much.

Members of the Hoyas staff were trying to find a police escort for the entire Georgetown contingent, including alumni and supporters who attended the game as part of a 10-day tour of China, fearing reprisals from Chinese fans. But rather than wait, Thompson told everyone to walk to the buses together

However, in the end American coach Thompson remained gracious in the statement he released. I’m guessing he had others words to say in private though.

“We remain grateful for the opportunity our student-athletes are having to engage in a sport they love here in China,” Thompson said, “while strengthening their understanding of a nation we respect and admire at Georgetown University.”

Oh and by the way, the game was tied at 61 when everything came to a halt. Check out the video below to see how it all played out.

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