I never thought I’d blog about a WNBA game but….
In last night’s game between the Detroit Shock and Los Angeles Sparks a brawl broke out with just seconds to go in the game. During the fracas Detroit assistant coach Rick Mahorn knocked LA forward Lisa Leslie to the floor.
I wasn’t watching the game (I never have watched a WNBA game) but I was annoyed at the way the highlight of the knockdown was treated on ESPN’s SportsCenter. They were making it seem like Mahorn was a villain and on the surface I can understand why someone would think that. However anyone who saw the highlights and has half a brain in their head can understand that Mahorn was simply trying to keep the fight from escalating further by pushing players away from it. The other coaches were trying to do the same thing. I don’t think Mahorn even realized that it was Leslie when he pushed her but he did have the presence of mind to hold out his hand to help her up afterward.
Leslie obviously didn’t accept his hand. She may not have even noticed it was there. And judging from her post game comments she didn’t understand what Mahorn was really trying to do. But she was in the heat of the moment and I’m sure when she sees the footage later she’ll realize that it was simply an accident that happened at a bad time.