LOOK: Players and referees involved in AAU basket-brawl in the USA
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 09, 2018 11:50 AM
(Photo courtesy of @djones8301 on Twitter)
Just a week removed from the unfortunate Gilas-Austrialia brawl at the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers, another ugly brawl has gone viral, and this time, even the referees were in the thick of the action.
We head to Atlanta, Georgia in the United States for this one, as an Amateur Athletic Union or AAU game between Chicago-based R.A.W. Athletics and the Houston Raptors took a turn for the worse.
According to accounts of the incident, a late technical foul called led to players of R.A.W. Athletics to get violent with one of the officials.
Doug Jones, a writer and analyst for Houston-based RCS Sports tweeted out a video of the melee.
Another angle shows just how bad things got between the referees and the players.
According to an article on ESPN.com, R.A.W. Athletics head coach Howard Martin pins the blame on one of the officials after reportedly attacking one of the players.
"At the end of the game, one of my players was complaining about a call," Martin told ESPN. "He made a comment to the referee. The ref didn't like it. So the other team inbounded the ball, walked it up, the ref said to my player, 'Say it again.' Then he T'd him up and kicked him out of the game. And he walked behind him, still having words. Then the ref pushed my player, and they squared up right by my bench. When they squared up, another one of my players jumped off the bench and took [the ref] down. We separated them."
Houston Raptors head coach Bobby Benjamin on the other hand, said that it was Martin's team that sparked the riot.
"The referee definitely didn't attack the kids," Benjamin said. "Absolutely not. Once things got going, and he was attacked ... he got assaulted. They were too outnumbered to even try to defend themselves."
Tournament organizer Josh Miley said that a ban will be served to anyone found culpable, whether it be players, coaches, or even referees.
Just when you thought you've had your fill of basket-brawls for the month...