The aftermath of Monday night’s game between the NBA’s Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers turned ugly, as security and LAPD officers were called to stop a confrontation involving players from both teams.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Gerald Green, James Harden and Trevor Ariza of the Rockets tried entering the Clippers’ locker room in an attempt to confront Blake Griffin and Austin Rivers. But security was able to come in and stop a potential brawl between the players.
The incident is a serious matter that has caused the NBA to launch its own investigation, and Wojnarowski noted that individual punishments will be handed out. But that didn’t stop NBA Hall of Famers and TNT analysts Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley from containing any laughter while discussing the incident:
Can't we just hug it out, y'all?
Chuck and Shaq couldn't believe it when they heard about last night's reported locker room altercation following the Rockets and Clippers game 😂😂😂. pic.twitter.com/Tv59QxyHCX
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) January 16, 2018
Shaq and Barkley are two of the most colorful and humorous sporting figures out there, so seeing them lose it laughing for 90 seconds isn’t all that surprising. You can even say that their constant laughter was a better story than the near-physical confrontation itself.
The Clippers and Rockets game was among the most hyped-up games when the NBA released its schedule for the 2017-18 season. Chris Paul and Griffin spent six seasons together in Los Angeles, but the former was traded to Houston in a major blockbuster deal last summer. Griffin re-signed with the Clippers for five-years worth $173 million.
Los Angeles won the game 113-102, though the Clippers were playing without Harden – their top star who’s dealing with a hamstring injury. Houston is second in the Western Conference with a 30-12 record, while the Clippers are tied for the seventh seed at 22-21.
Suspensions and fines are sure to be sent out by the NBA. After all, professional athletes aren’t supposed to get into confrontations so bad that the local police department has to be called.
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