Thingish Things

China Owes Georgetown, U.S. an Apology

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Aug• 19•11

UPDATE: I gladly eat my words.  A courteous reader notes that the Chinese and Georgetown teams met tonight at the Beijing airport, where apologies and gifts were exchanged.   Great to see it.  One interesting note; in confirming that report I Googled something like Chinese-basketball-brawl. Several listings came up involving the Chinese team.  Apparently these guys are feisty, but they do seem to apologize each time from I could see.  Manners are nice, even if retroactive. 

China owes Georgetown University a huge apology.   And while it’s at it, it should give one to the U.S. as a whole.  The video above shows last night’s brawl in Beijing, where the Chinese team clearly behaved like a bunch of angry hooligans. Within seconds of a tiny scuffle breaking out, the entire team leaped off their bench and attacked the Georgetown player’s with folding chairs, fists, and kicks.

Toward the end of this video, one can see Chinese fans throwing water bottles and anything else they can find at the exiting Hoya players.  The Georgetown players were so outnumbered in the hall that the situation could have ended far worse. John Thompson needs to be commended for keeping his players cool — and getting them out of there alive. 

Something tells me that apology isn’t soon coming. 

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  1. Benjamin Little says:

    I heard a report on ESPN today that the Chinese team met the Georgetown team at the airport, and they apologized/made peace. Then, apparently, there was an exchange of souvenirs.

  2. Nick says:

    The Chinese team plays a little rough. They must be watching films of the 1980’s Boston Celtics.

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