Sometimes people from different cultures have a hard time making connections. Well, this story proves that China’s sports fans can be just as terrible as America’s sports fans.
After the Liaoning Flying Leopards won the third game of the CBA Finals, they returned to their hotel. About two dozen fans of the Sichuan Blue Whales, who won the first two games of the series, where waiting for the Leopards. When they disembarked from the team bus, a brawl started that left one hotel security guard injured.
Via Shark Fin Hoops:
Right now, the CBA is looking at their worst nightmare and the incident is already being compared with the NBA’s ‘Malice at the Palace’ brawl back in 2004, when players from the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons fought with fans on national television. However, not only are Chinese news programs leading the news with images of seven-foot athletes fighting on the pavement, it is during the CBA Finals themselves. Critically, the incident also involves Liaoning players who will be expected to start a critical Game 4 on Friday night.
It’s hard to say how the brawl started, but some fathers of Leopards players are mixing it up too. It’s just crazy to think that after watching your favorite team lose you’d want to go to the other team’s hotel and heckle them, especially when your team is still up 2-1 in the series.
What’s with regular-sized humans picking fights with gigantic basketball men lately? In December, video surfaced of Jahlil Okafor knocking out a guy who was heckling him on the street.
If there’s a lesson here, be it for someone in China or America, it’s stop trying to rumble with large athletic humans and maybe set your sights on kickers, jockeys and maybe teen skateboarders.
(Via Shark Fin Hoops)