With the WNBA still in relative infancy, any significant accomplishment is either an all-time record or a "first." Well last night in Detroit, dozens witnessed the first-ever WNBA brawl. In the same building where in 2004 Ron Artest hopped into the stands that set off the Palace Brawl, a.k.a. "Malice at the Palace", rookie sensation Candace Parker and Plenette Pierson got in a squabble towards the end of the Los Angeles Sparks victory over the Detroit Shock.
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I have three thoughts about the brawl:
- Cheryl Ford - All Cheryl was tryna do was play peacemaker and she ends up injuring her knee. Of course it's not nearly as bad as when Rudy Tomjanovich got puched by Kermit Washington and almost died, but it still definitely sucks for her. She had to be rolled off in a wheelchair! That's major! I don't believe there was a Paul Pierce-esque return either.
- Rick Mahorn vs. Lisa Leslie - Rick shouldn't have put his hands on Lisa Leslie. Plain and simple. He's a now overweight ex-NBA player. Even though she's 6'5", she's mad thin, so any contact with her is gonna send her flying. At first I thought maybe he slightly pushed her, and she maybe lost her balance and fell. But Rick straight shoved her. I mean, a picture says a thousand words, right? You can see that the push lifted her off the ground.
- Black People - I hate to say it, but pretty much everyone involved in the melee was Black. You know some part of the population is gonna be like "Those Black people are at it again!" Sure no one actually watches WNBA games, but the brawl was plastered all over SportsCenter. It was the leading story on ESPN News!
But hey, at least the Los Angeles Sparks and Detroit have a "rivalry" going on. Maybe hundreds will show up for their next meeting.