College / Aug 18, 2011 / 12:30 pm

Exhibition Between Georgetown & Chinese Team Ends In A Brawl


UPDATE: I figured it wasn’t this bad. But this video looks like complete chaos.

And you thought we would never see anything resembling the Malice at the Palace again. In what may turn out to be one of the worst brawls in recent memory, the Georgetown Hoyas left with nine minutes remaining in a tied game with the Bayi Rockets of China for fear of escalating danger. The game was physical right from the start, and with the Olympic Sports Center Stadium’s security doing nothing about it, the violence only worsened as the game neared its finish.

The Washington Post writes:

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.

There has to be some type of backstory to all of this because the physical play (Georgetown had 28 fouls by halftime) was going on all game. Both teams had a few physical confrontations earlier in the game, but nothing too far out of the ordinary. Then at some point, Xu Zhonghao, a Rocket forward, went at Georgetown coach John Thompson III for no real apparent reason, “berating” him as the coach stood there shocked, trying to yell coaching to his players.

From there, it all went overboard. Eventually, Georgetown’s Jason Clark and Bayi forward Hu Ke got into it over a tough foul, and players started running onto the court. Punches and chairs were thrown and spectators sent full water bottles careening down at some of the Hoya players. Thompson decided enough was enough:

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.

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.

Thompson released a statement saying: “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.

“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 exhibition was part of a goodwill trip to China that was only halfway finished. Georgetown was scheduled to continue playing in Shanghai, but one has to wonder what happens next.

Check out some photos here

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  • http://www.dimemag.com panchitoooo

    everybody was kung fu fighting

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  • Sean Sweeney

    Video leaked. I just added it to the top of the post. Pretty ugly. http://videos.sportsgrid.com/video/Georgetown-Brawl-China

  • Big T

    Think I saw Melo backpedaling into the locker room.

  • kh

    not a good look

  • NTstateOFmind

    by the looks of how they get down in a fight …those Hoyas are definitely NBA-ready

  • mark

    That was one of the stupidest displays I have ever seen.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    Dang..my squad. Looks like Georgetown took the L fight wise too. All I saw was the Chinese dudes throwing them thangs.

    Sad. Wonder how the coach will somehow use that for the season in a motivational way. Big East Baby! Dang.

  • Phileus

    Bayi (means August 1, Chinese independence day) is the Chines Army team I think. I guess they are some badass mofos? Then again, everyone serves in the army there :P

  • Cha-Ching

    Ron Artest was needed here.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/djlocdog Loc

    Wow! Stay classy China.

    Send a whole team of grown men to fight some youths in a good will game.

  • Damon

    #1 > nice one, now I got the song in my head… could be a lot worse

    The full photo gallery is here : http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/georgetown-hoyas-brawl-with-chinas-bayi-military-rockets/2011/08/18/gIQAr7ftOJ_gallery.html#photo=1

    I love one of the referees doing absolutely nothing, he could have had some advice from Jeff Van Gundy… you can also see Bill Simmons’ young brother on picture 2

  • ab40

    the chinese started hitting the dude. 3 on 1. And if it’s the army team there might be heavy punishments for it’s players. This is China.

  • Peter

    Been to China many, many times on business. I always do a double-take on the immigration card notice, “Any activity which is consider a threat the harmony of the Peoples’ Republic of China will not be tolerated.” My recommendation to JT-III: have Gary Locke on speed dial, they don’t play by the same rules over there.

  • http://www.geturweightup.com Chicagorilla

    Im always for a good fight. but this was some BS.

    Grown men fighting teenager/college kids in a game they clearly cheated (china shot 57 fts to 15 fts for G-Town) and it was supposed to be an exhibition game.

    Either way, I expect Team USA to put the hammer down on them cats if they meet up in the Olympics next year.

  • http://www.geturweightup.com Chicagorilla

    Also, All those NBA players who are planning to play overseas this winter, take a good look again at this video. This is the kinda shit that happens overseas on the regular.
    David Stern has all types of rules in place to NBA games don’t end up like the ABA fights of the 60’s/70’s or NBA fights of the 70’s/80’s/90’s. Don’t expect the same pussyfooting around overseas.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZDJW0tHK9k First & Foremost

    @Chicagorilla Or so they don’t end up like the fights from Semi-Pro and Anchorman

  • Hoya Saxa

    I can’t wait for the next Chinese squad to take on USA Men.

    Bunch of punk asses will get destroyed. They were salty cause they can’t even beat our college boys without getting all the calls.

  • JBaller

    Some serious BS. I was thinking hte same thing Chicagorilla said…This little display might dissuade some NBA players from crossing the pond to the Far East (actually they would be crossing the pond to the west). Would you risk the remainder of your career to play for chicken change in a league where you might get a chair across your head and the ref stands there doing nothing? Not me. If I’m Kobe or any 1st or 2nd tier guy I’m going keep playing in amateur leagues in the states where you can at least expect some level of order. I’d feel safer with the whole of Watts surrounding me than with the Chinese army and their billions of freak fans throwing stuff at me. Stern probably loves this ish!

  • the truth

    Jon Hood (benchwarmer at UK) tweeted that this was the same Chinese that tried to fight his team when they went to china for an exhibition. O yea and CDR was right, number 22 should be kicked off the team…your boy gettin stomped by 3 dudes why try to negotiata

  • http://www.geturweightup.com Chicagorilla

    The other thing that I noticed is where the fluck was the police/security?

    I saw one little dude running around that looked like security but he wasn’t doing shit.

  • Vignesh

    I hope there’s a china v/s USA game and they bring back VC and he pulls a frederick weis on them!! that would shut them up!!