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China – Brazil Basketball Game Mass Brawl Between Players

Su Wei boxes a Brazilian player.
Su Wei boxes a Brazilian player.

From NetEase:

Chinese men’s national basketball “friendly” match erupts in mass brawl, Brazilian team withdraws in protest

October 12th Beijing time, the Chinese men’s national basketball team met the Brazilian men’s national basketball team in Xuchang, Henan province for their third “friendly” match. Within the first minute of the game, Zhang Qingpeng was knocked to the ground by a covering opponent, and when the head referee did not whistle any fouls, Chinese head couch [Bob] Donewald received two consecutive technical fouls for arguing with the referee, and was fouled out of the stadium. Penalties on players from both sides caused their anger to grow, and during a fight between Zhu Fangyu and his opponent, a large clash broke out with the Brazilian team with a massive brawl breaking out between players on both teams. The game was again stopped, the Brazil team walked off the court, with 3000 excited basketball fans on the scene. In this clash, Zhang Qingpeng’s head was injured and he was carried to the locker room on a stretcher by the team doctor. Twenty minutes later, the Brazilian team did not return to the court. The organizing committee later publicly announced that the Brazilian team had withdrawn from the match due to the conflict, that the game has been changed to a [intra-team] game, and that the basketball fans can get a full refund for their tickets.

Zhu Fangyu caught in violent conflict.
Zhu Fangyu caught in violent conflict.
Brazilian team hits back.
Brazilian team hits back.
Zhang Zhaoxu punches opponent.
Zhang Zhaoxu punches opponent.
The two teams fighting.
The two teams fighting.
Brazilian player knocked down.
Brazilian player knocked down.
Su Wei chases and hits Brazilian player.
Su Wei chases and hits Brazilian player.
Brazilian player knocked onto the ground.
Brazilian player knocked onto the ground.
A scene of chaos.
A scene of chaos.
Both teams fighting and attacking each other.
Both teams fighting and attacking each other.
China's men's national basketball team loses their cool.
China
Brazilian player knocked onto the ground.
Brazilian player knocked onto the ground.
Zhang Zhaoxu's face deformed by a hit.
Zhang Zhaoxu
Zhang Qingpeng grapples with opposing player.
Zhang Qingpeng grapples with opposing player.
Zhou Peng speaks out for his teammates.
Zhou Peng speaks out for his teammates.
Zhu Fangyu leads the charge into the brawl.
Zhu Fangyu leads the charge into the brawl.
Zhang Zhaoxu kicks an opponent.
Zhang Zhaoxu kicks an opponent.
Brazilian coach very angry.
Brazilian coach very angry.
A Chinese national men's basketball player is escorted off the court by security.
A Chinese national men
Donewald charges onto the technical table and

There is also discussion on Tiexue (“Is the Chinese men’s basketball team training boxing in the Asian Games). Here is a video from a discussion on Mop (“Video: Large brawl during men’s national basketball team friendly [match]”):

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Here is another video that is spreading on Kaixin001:

Comments from NetEase:

网易湖北黄冈网友:

Sigh, seeing such shameful news so early in the morning! And a bunch of men’s basketball children who don’t know what shame is!

网易山东青岛网友:

Can’t play ball, but they sure can get into fights!!! Other people come from far away, and this happens…next time, if these players happen to get beaten to death abroad, don’t say that we are not patriotic, [because] that would be [what they] deserved!!

网易广西网友:

Chinese players’ characters are as such~inviting others to come fight~~a national shame.

网易辽宁阜新网友:

Full price refunds? But I feel spending this money to watch a mass brawl is much more exciting than watching a game!

网易广东深圳网友:

If you’re going to play ball, play ball, but getting into fights because you can’t beat them? That’s really JB losing face [embarrassing].

网易火星网友:

China is about etiquette/propriety/manners. For them to get into a big fight during a game, the men’s national basketball team has extremely disgraced the Chinese people. If China’s national men’s basketball team’s skill is lower than others, they should have an open mind and learn from others.

网易陕西西安网友:

Since the essence of the match is just a game, is it really necessary to be so serious? [So serious] as to get physical?

网易火星网友:

Chinese people are always like this… Don’t fight, and the internet mob says you’re cowards! Fight, and the internet mob says you don’t have character [are uncivilized]! It is so hard to know what to do, to fight is wrong, but not fighting is also wrong! Hmph! Hmph! Hmph!
No wonder back then Old China got played around by foreigners, it is all because there are so-called apologists like you guys, making everything about justice and morality, only knowing how to talk, but never getting any real practical effect. If current society’s moral awareness is really so high, then there wouldn’t be so much unfairness and injustice!!!
Think about it! Mob!

网易火星网友:

Makes laowai [foreigners] even more convinced that all Chinese people know “拆尼死空服 [chai ni si kong fu]”!

网易火星网友:

Break out of Asia towards the world, courageous and upright men’s basketball team, bravely throw your punches! Brother [referring to self] is proud of you!

网易江苏苏州网友:

If they got into a fight, then they got into a fight… I especially hate those zhuang B people… screaming about not having manners… If there were manners… then during the War of Liberation and War of Resistance against the Japanese… would you go reason with them? Such a SB… Chinese people’s courage and uprightness is getting less and less… cowardly just standing there fucking talking out of your ass without putting yourself in other people’s shoes…

网易江西新余网友:

Is courage and uprightness brandishing fists towards the opponent? This is a sports competition, not a place for you to show of your Sanda, so if you have the ability, then win convincingly on the court! I’m not saying we should treat foreigners as some sort of treasure, I too am really disgusted with that sort of thinking, but competing like this [getting into fights] is bad, tarnishing the sport. Also, please do not be so quick to incite nationalistic sentiments, nothing good can come from that, and not every place needs this kind of sentiment. I trust the players had a reason for fighting, but please don’t use “courage and uprightness” to exaggerate this kind of irrational and uncivilized behavior. The Chinese men’s national football [soccer] team is a perfect example. If you’re going to go out and train [by competing with foreign teams], then do so. Why spend so much money going out to embarrass yourselves [and us]? [It is already known that] your skills are inferior to others and you’re shorter than others [that you are at a natural disadvantage], but getting into fights? I don’t know what you guys are thinking. Thinking it will prove that you are men? That you have courage and uprightness? Ridiculous!

Courage. chinaSMACK personals.

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