Biden Basketball Brawl
August 18, 2011 by staff
Biden Basketball Brawl, An exhibition basketball game between the Hoyas of Georgetown University and the Bayi Rockets fell into a fight and then a full-on melee Thursday, a day after the visit of Vice President Joe Biden stopped to see Georgetown play another team, the mighty dragons Shanxi, Beijing.
Both the Rockets and the dragons are brave professional teams. In Wednesday’s game, the Hoyas beat the mighty Dragons, 98-81.
Biden saw the game with Georgetown University and president Jack DeGoia new U.S. ambassador in China, Gary Locke – who, like Eyder reported yesterday, is already a hit with Chinese audiences, who were enchanted by a picture of him getting his own coffee.
It is difficult to say how Thursday’s clash will be played, but the chaos that gripped the exhibition game is sure to share headline space with the news of Biden’s attempts to improve relations with China.
Gene Wang of The Washington Post was in Thursday’s game. Here is part of the story is presented (and is being updated with new information as it emerges)
Georgetown coach John Thompson III pulled his players off the field with 9 minutes 32 seconds left in the game and scored the tie at 64 after a chaotic scene in which members of both teams began to throw punches and deal with others.
Georgetown principal place of Henry Sims had thrown a chair at him by an unidentified person, and freshman forward Ayegba Moses, wearing a brace on his right ankle pain, approached the court with a chair in hand right. According to officials of Georgetown, Ayegba had been beaten, prompting him to take a seat in self-defense.
It was the second time both benches emptied in the physical game marked by failures. At halftime, had 11 fouls while Georgetown had 28 Bayi?
The fight erupted after a great man Bayi Hu Ke Wang made it describes as a “hard foul” in Georgetown guard Jason Clark. The two began pushing each other, and cleared the banks.
The site Post several photos of the event. In them, a lot of players in attack and strike at each other for three-point arc. It seems that people are involved as well, throwing water bottles and other objects at players from Georgetown.
Wang said that earlier in the game, a forward Bayi had “approached Thompson, as he shouted instructions to his players and then began to rebuke him. Xu Thompson looked incredulous” and the referee stopped the game briefly.
It’s been a tough week for basketball in China. Tuesday, the national team was humiliated by Australia, 71-43, and lost their star player and captain, Wang Shipeng, to injury in the same game.
And China’s team of the best college players has lost three straight, including an 18-point loss to Romania on Thursday.
Today, the China Daily published the results of a survey showing that many Chinese see the US-China, lacking the stability and confidence:
More than a third of respondents in a new survey by China Daily said relations between China and the U.S. are very volatile, while more than half of them believe that the biggest obstacle is the lack of mutual trust.
The 3230 surveys was conducted on Internet users, with only 35 percent of respondents calling for stable bilateral relationship and 25 percent undecided on Sino-US relations.
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