Well this is one of the more incredible stories to come out of high school basketball in a while…
In a high school game over the weekend between Hammond and Griffith in Indianapolis, a massive fight broke out during the game and everyone got involved…including the fans.
The whole incident started after Griffith’s Anthony Murphy was shoved on a dunk attempt in transition by Hammond’s Tim Echoles. The foul by Echoles was incredibly egregious, sending Murphy into the padded wall behind the basket. The benches and a large portion of the stands rushed onto the floor and mayhem ensued. Watch the whole sordid incident go down in this video (and, to parents, maybe keep this video away from your kids…).
On Tuesday, the Indianapolis High School Athletic Association punished both teams heavily. Both teams have been suspended from the state tournament and all remaining regular season games for both programs have been cancelled. For the (now cancelled) remaining away games, each school must pay the host school a $500 forfeiture fee. Coaches from both schools must complete a Teaching and Modeling Behavior Course and all players from both teams must complete “sportsmanship courses.” Both teams will be on probation for the entire 2015-2016 season. Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star broke the news of the sanctions.
Local authorities are reviewing game tape to see if any punishments need to be handed out to adults involved in the brawl.
There was initially a rematch in the works. Sadly that will no longer be happening.
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