Candace Parker had a great week! She won 2 ESPY Awards and got a ton of face time during the telecast. That’s more like it, ESPN!
But the sentiment went from celebratory to “WTF” real quick up in Detroit. Apparently there was a chick fight in the closing seconds of the LA Sparks’ win over the Detroit Shock tonight.
Behold a snippet from an AP wire report:
Parker was one of three players ejected along with Detroit assistant coach Rick Mahorn after an ugly scuffle with 4.6 seconds left in Los Angeles’ 84-81 victory…
The skirmish started moments after Parker and Detroit’s Cheryl Ford had to be separated after Ford fouled Parker.
On the next possession, Parker got tangled up with Detroit’s Plenette Pierson and fell to the ground. As she was getting up, Pierson intentionally ran into her, setting off the melee.
Parker threw a punch at Pierson before being tackled by Detroit’s Deanna Nolan. Players and coaches from both teams joined in, and Mahorn knocked Lisa Leslie to the court at one point.
Apparently Candace was fouled hard once, then a second time, and had had enough and decided to fight back, throwing the 1st punch. Cue the music to Brooke Valentine’s “Girlfight”.
< sarcasm >And who says women’s sports aren’t exciting? < / sarcasm >
This does not diminish my girl crush on Candace. Just because she’s a rookie and “the face’ of the league doesn’t mean she should act like a doormat. I’m glad she stood up for herself. She’ll be tearin’ it up again — scoring baskets and playing killer defense — soon enough. With the Olympic break coming up, plus whatever suspension she receives, it’ll probably be a minute before we see her on court with the Sparks again. Thanks goodness she’s on the Olympic roster. Hopefully none of those haters are on the team too. Can you say “awkward”?
Go on brush your shoulders off, CP3!
Watch video of the incidents, plus commentary, below the cut.