Out of Bounds Rick Mahorn: Will the Fight Between Candace Parker and Plenette Pierson Change the Scope of the WNBA?
A change is gonna come, but don’t compare this to the Detroit/Indiana “brawl”. If you do, that’s irresponsible. This is the WNBA not the NBA
As I write this in my best attempt to stay clear of being judge and jury, a fight occurred during a basketball game in a familiar venue. If the Palace at Auburn Hills rings a bell, then you must understand that there has been one too many fights in this Detroit suburb.
The Los Angeles Sparks overcame a bench clearing brawl (5 seconds remaining in the game), and 4 ejections (Candace Parker, DeLisha Milton-Jones, Pienette Pierson, and Rick Mahorn) for a 84-81 victory over the Detroit Shock.
The women’s professional game will change forever as a direct result of this contest. Title IX has nothing on this late game melee because under no circumstances is it ever the right thing to do, when a man puts his hands on a woman. Sporting event or otherwise, Rick Mahorn was wrong when he, in the name of peace, pushed Lisa Leslie to the floor. His entire NBA career I am sure helped him get into the coaching box, and it is his NBA rep that will unravel him out of his current position. Things happen throughout the course of a game, and somethings should never happen.
Mahorn falls from grace
This is a sad time for sports, and all we can do is watch and wait, as the powers that be and time, decide the aftermath in this battle of the sexes. The role of men in the women’s game might be altered from the number of male coaches, to referees, and or team managers and the like. This is a red-letter date in the WNBA, and the trickle down theory has already begun, as Rick Mahorn and Lisa Leslie will forever be linked in basketball infamy, not like Kermit and Rudy, but not unlike Ike and Tina.
I’m sure they’ll be better video available in the morning, but for the moment, this will do.
*Addendum: I have strong feelings against men coaching women when so many women are qualified. If there is no alternative, then no problem, but women need proper soul models just as much as men. God bless you Rick, but you violated here. The most unfortunate thing to come of all of this is that Cheryl Ford might have injured her knee badly by playing the peacemaker. In an American Roman Coliseum kinda way, this may be what the WNBA needs. CP3=KB24. Thanks for puttin’ in work and posting this asap AXG. Get that star my brotha. This is what reporting is all about.