Inside The Most Intense Basketball Fight Of The 21st Century (1/22/20)

Sometimes it’s pretty hard to put the events that occur on the court into words. The fight that occurred last night between KU and K-State took difficulty to another level.

Background Context:

With three seconds left, the KU Jayhawks were up 81-59 on the K-State Wildcats and were dribbling the ball out to end regulation.


Suddenly, K-State guard Kamau Stokes stole the ball and started going full speed downcourt.


As Stokes laid the ball up towards the basket, Silvio De Souza came and blocked his shot.


After De Souza blocked the shot, he stood over Stokes and taunted him.
Pretty soon the benches were almost completely cleared. The fight was on! And it just kept on escalating.


De Souza absolutely lost it for some reason. He did throw tons of punches, but the most infamous part of the fight had to be him picking a chair and almost hitting someone with it. Luckily a coach grabbed the chair while De Souza had it mid-air, so that no one would get hurt.


Another KU Player began stomping and trampling a K-State player as well. But to be honest, both sides were exchanging punches and choice-words throughout the intense heat of the moment. All of the players were ejected except for five on each side that were not very involved in the skirmish and could finish the game for the teams without breaking out into another fight.

Who’s Fault Is It?

This one is tricky. It all depends on what the criteria for starting a basketball fight entails. To one person it might be Kansas’ fault, because of the initial taunt. On the flip-side to the argument, it could be Kansas State’s fault for stealing the ball when they were down 22 with 3 seconds left — which would be a complete violation of an unofficial, ethical basketball rule of good sportsmanship.


In my opinion, I believe that if any player attempts to use an object as a weapon, they should not be allowed to play. Sports are meant to hold individuals to higher standards than others — that is what makes them better than the average athlete. This occasion is awfully similar to the NFL’s Myles Garrett-Mason Rudolph fight, where Garrett used his helmet as a weapon to hit Rudolph in the head. Even though it seemed that Mason Rudolph started the fight, Garrett was given the blame because he finished it in an unethical fashion.


This seems to be the same case for the Jayhawks. Garrett was suspended indefinitely and out for the rest of the season. Likewise, I wouldn’t be surprised if De Souza is suspended for the rest of the season, as well as the rest of his college career. It’s one thing to represent a sports-team franchise, but it is a completely different thing to represent a professional, academic, and prestigious university.

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