The Georgetown Hoyas basketball team's goodwill trip to China turned ugly when they were involved in a brawl with the Bayi Rockets, a Chinese professional team, in the fourth quarter of their game at Olympic Sports Center Stadium in Beijing.
According to Gene Wang of the Washington Post, the first sign of trouble came when a Rockets player, Xu Zhonghao, berated Georgetown head coach John Thompson. The game-ending melee was touched off when Rockets center/forward Hu Ke, listed at 6-foot-10 and 240 pounds, committed a hard foul against senior guard Jason Walker, who measures in at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds and had taken exception to Hu's physical play.
Video of the brawl can be viewed here.
Though his allegiances lie with his alma mater, Hire Esherick of Casual Hoya does find fault with both sides. While he hopes the Hoyas finish their goodwill tour, the fan side in him is proud that the team did not back down.
As a Georgetown Hoyas fan, I am not happy with what happened but I am proud of the Hoyas for not backing down. Call this my biased side. I mean, look at this damn picture. There is a guy in khaki shorts stomping on Jason Clark. I don't think the Hoyas had a choice but to fight back. After years of being labelled soft by every rival fan and biased media outlet, I am glad to see some fight in the young Hoyas. Let the media spin this anyway they want, it is not a black eye on the program and it will not start World War III.
For more reaction to the Hoyas-Rockets brawl, visit Casual Hoya.