CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 18: Head coach John Thompson III of the Georgetown Hoyas looks on in the first half against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on March 18, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Georgetown Basketball Brawl In China: Hoyas, Bayi Rockets Fight During Heated Exhibition

Tensions between Georgetown and the Bayi Rockets boiled over and a brawl erupted on Thursday night during the Hoyas trip to China.

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Georgetown Basketball Brawl: Second Angle Shows Hoyas Put Up A Fight

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.

For more reaction to the Hoyas-Rockets brawl, visit Casual Hoya.


Georgetown Fans 'Not Happy' After Brawl In China, But 'Proud' Hoyas Did Not Back Down

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.


VIDEO: Georgetown Basketball's Brawl With Bayi Rockets In China

Video of Georgetown basketball's brawl in China with the Bayi Rockets has emerged via Tim Burke of SportsGrid, and it makes the fight that went down in the fourth quarter of the two teams' exhibition game look even worse than the scary details and photos had portended.

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The nearly two-minute video, which Burke "obtained from a Chinese source," shows Georgetown player Jason Clark getting angry after being fouled by Rockets player Hu Ke, engaging him in a shoving match, and igniting a full-scale brawl. Clark is immediately swarmed by a number of Chinese players as both benches storm the floor, pushed down, and apparently kicked and stomped. Smaller scuffles break out throughout the arena, with chairs whizzing through the air and wielded as blunt instruments.

The fight itself appears to have been defused after about 30 seconds of chaos, but the Chinese crowd lets the Georgetown team have it as the Hoyas walk off the court, expressing their displeasure loudly and throwing projectiles — water bottles, the Washington Post reported — at the players.

There was a chance that the horrifying pictures of the Georgetown-Bayi Rockets fight cast a small skirmish as a much bigger deal than it was. Now, after seeing the video, it's possible that the pictures didn't capture quite how bad it was.

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


Georgetown Hoyas Brawl: More Details Emerge From Fight-Marred Game In China

The Georgetown basketball fight in China has produced a slew of scary photos and given the Hoyas' international tour a premature black eye. But the Washington Post's Gene Wang, in China to follow John Thompson III's team, describes a "melee" between the Hoyas and the Bayi Rockets that absolves no party and involves chairs and water bottles being thrown.

Georgetown senior center Henry Sims had a chair tossed at him by an unidentified person, and freshman forward Moses Ayegba, who was wearing a brace on his sore right ankle, walked onto the court with a chair in his right hand. According to Georgetown officials, Ayegba had been struck, prompting him to grab a chair in self-defense.

The fight was ignited by a foul on Georgetown's Jason Clark called on Rockets player Hu Ke. Clark was displeased with the foul, and engaged Ke in a shoving match; that then escalated as players from both teams flooded the court, leaving referees and Chinese police unable to intervene.

The fight ended when Thompson marshaled his staff to remove his players from the court. Wang reports that spectators rained water bottles on the Hoyas as they departed.

And the fourth quarter brawl wasn't just an isolated incident. Georgetown entered the second half with a stunning 28 fouls, benches had cleared once before the fight broke out, and play had to be halted twice in the third quarter, once after Rockets player Xu Zhonghao berated Thompson and again after a technical foul on another Rockets player, Wang Lei.

The Hoyas were supposed to travel to Shanghai on Friday to continue their tour of China, but it is unclear whether they will.

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


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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