We don’t see six players ejected often in any sport, and when we do, it’s usually pretty fun to watch. The action was wild, and it was fun, enjoy.
Source (Uproxx) – A tie-up under the basket sparked a fight with punches thrown and five players ejected in a wild WNBA contest between the Phoenix Mercury and Dallas Wings on Saturday.
It all started when Allisha Gray hit a three for the Wings to make it 71-68 Phoenix with less than seven minutes to play. Phoenix star Brittney Griner and Kristine Anigwe were battling for position under the hoop and got tied up, and it looked like Anigwe threw a punch at Griner. She then started to chase Anigwe with her fist in the air, and the Wings player starts to run away.
Griner actually chased Anigwe down the court while she was restrained by other players, which only escalated the fight as both teams pushed and shoved. A referee actually held Griner back from a number of players on the sideline as the scuffle continued around her. As pointed out during the broadcast of the fight, the incident happened on what was also Griner’s bottlehead night.
According to ESPN, Taurasi had no regrets about leaving the bench to defend her teammate, but she was one of five players ejected despite not playing on Saturday:
After about a 10-minute review, the officials ejected Griner, Diana Taurasi and Briann January from Phoenix. Taurasi was inactive for the game but was tossed for leaving the bench area. Anigwe, Kayla Thornton and Kaela Davis were ejected for Dallas.
“Today I went on the court to make sure my teammate didn’t get jumped,” Taurasi said. “She got punched in the face, and then someone ran on her back and threw punches at her face. I would do that 100 times out of 100 times.”
Another WNBA player made light of the situation on Twitter deciding to teach the rest of us how to approach Griner if we were ever on the court with her. I believe she’s got a point.
The correct way to approach Brittney Griner ???? pic.twitter.com/OlimPM8LQ5
— Aerial Powers (@aerial_powers23) August 11, 2019
Don’t forget Griner is 6’9 and 205 pounds, so it’s not the easiest fight in the world for most of us.