The Georgetown Hoyas were widely mocked on Thursday after video showing a brawl with the Bayi Rockets, occurring during what was supposed to be a friendly exhibition in China, emerged. At times, Georgetown was out-manned and out-gunned, and the video showed disturbing images of multiple Bayi players stomping on one player, and ganging up on others. But it was just one angle of the melee, and a second video, which was discovered on Thursday night, paints a bit of a different picture.
The second video can be found here, courtesy of WJLA.
A few things jump out, in no particular order.
- Georgetown does come out swinging, and the fight is not as lopsided as it originally appeared to be. It's a brawl that goes in waves, with the initial skirmish followed by a second, more violent, battle on the baseline, which includes thrown chairs and other fun weapons. And Georgetown doesn't back down at all.
- At the 40-second mark, a Bayi player picks up a chair, cocks it back behind his head and appears to be ready to send it hurtling toward an opponent before calmly setting it down. Why did he choose to be rational then after multiple chairs were thrown to go along with the punches?
- 10 seconds later, a man who appears to be a Georgetown reserve in street clothes picks up a chair, cocks it back behind his head and slams it into the court. This is how you do it.
- Georgetown literally took its ball and left. No. 1 carried it off the court after John Thompson III reportedly said, "We're outta here."
- To the man chanting "Hoyas! Hoyas! Hoyas!" near the end of the video: I'm not sure whether to applaud or scold you. While team pride is always recommended, such an outburst after a nasty brawl that your team didn't seem to win may be unnecessary.
- At the 1:45 mark, a man can be heard screaming, "What are you guys doing? This is a friendship game." It's said in a sad tone and kind of sums up the whole affair. Well done, sir.
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