Could the player in the red cap be Stephon Marbury? (Via Beijing Cream)
Stephon Marbury of the Beijing Ducks has been accused of assaulting a Shanxi Brave Dragons fan, after Shanxi (the team Marbury first played with in the CBA) pulled out a win against the Ducks to even their playoff series at two games apiece in the Shanxi capital of Taiyuan.
When attempting to leave the stadium on their bus, the Beijing team was blocked by Shanxi fans, who were incensed over a series of hard fouls and near fights that occurred throughout Game 4 of the Ducks-Brave Dragons CBA Championship semi-finals series.
Marbury has been accused of attacking a fan while exiting Taiyuan’s Binhe Stadium on the way to the team bus, with Shanxi fans and Beijing players both saying the other attacked first.
Video of the scene surrounding the Beijing Ducks’ bus reveals Shanxi fans starting fires to express their ire over their playoff rivals.
Beijing Cream has come out with a comprehensive post on the fracas, as well as providing a translated speech from Beijing’s general manager, Yuan Chao:
“After the game last night, we left the stadium at around 9:40 pm. As the players walked through the players’ tunnel to go to the bus, the head coach was standing in the front and Marbury was the last. Next to Marbury was his translator and the players’ trainer. When we exited the stadium, there were many fans crowding around outside. They were shouting loudly abusively. When we exited, there were also two security guards who had to help us barricade a path. So when Marbury exited, he had his translator and the two security guards next to him. When he exited, the fans didn’t just shout out abuses loudly, but they also threw things at the players, such as stones and water bottles. At that point, our players were just ducking and covering their heads. Under that situation, Marbury couldn’t have thrown a punch at a fan, let alone kick continuously.”
The Shanxi fans apparently were enraged by the non-calls for their team late in the game:
In the waning moments of the fourth quarter, Marbury drove hard to the hole and accidentally elbowed his defender, who reacted by pushing Marbury and earning a technical. Marbury hit three of four free throws to give Beijing the lead.
Down 100-97, Shanxi’s Marcus Williams then drove the lane, only to get his shot swatted by Beijing’s Randolph Morris. The refs rightly didn’t call a foul, but fans decided to take things into their own hands. The game was delayed ten to fifteen minutes as overmatched security guards and feckless PA announcers urged order.
Marbury can be seen talking about the incident in the video below, where he claims the fan accusing him of assault has a “wild imagination”.
Meanwhile, it looks to us like the Shanxi fan who Marbury allegedly hit has barely a scratch on him (viewable at 1:05 in the video below).
Game 5 between the Ducks and the Brave Dragons is in Beijing on Wednesday night at 7:30pm. Marbury has scored a combined 105 points (!!) in the last two home games against the Brave Dragons, and he’ll be looking to take the Ducks to the CBA Finals for the first time since 2005.
For more intrigue and wildly imaginative theories on the game being given to Shanxi by the refs from Beijing Cream, click here.