Georgetown Basketball Head Coach John Thompson III Issues Statement After Brawl In China

Georgetown and China were involved in what can best be termed as a brawl, complete with thrown chairs, on Thursday morning as the Hoyas continued an exhibition tour of Asia. It was so bad that Georgetown head coach John Thompson III pulled his players from the court with the game tied at 64 apiece just to ensure his basketball team's safety.

Thompson III issued a statement on Georgetown's website later Thursday morning, sounding more cordial than most might have considering the day's earlier activities with the Bayi Rockets.

"Tonight, two great teams played a very competitive game that unfortunately ended after heated exchanges with both teams. We sincerely regret that this situation occurred," Thompson said in the statement.

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

The two teams are scheduled to meet again on Saturday in Beijing, but according to a report from the Washington Post, that game might still be up in the air following the fight.

To keep up on all things Georgetown, be sure to visit Casual Hoya.

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