Hoops coaches start nasty brawl at ‘Rumble in the Bronx’

Cameron Smith
Prep Rally

When a high school tournament is called the "Rumble in the Bronx," the title is usually just an overhyped name to get a bit of attention for an event that might otherwise slip below the radar. That wasn't the case on Sunday when the Rumble in the Bronx featured -- you guessed it -- a massive rumble in the Bronx.

You can see some footage of the throwdown between two girls basketball coaches and their players, and the aftermath, above. Here is how the New York Post broke down what transpired during the fight:

• The skirmish started after the 16-and-under Lady Gauchos edged the Exodus Swagga in a tournament game.

•  Exodus coach Lenair Young pulled Gauchos coach Earl Elliotte aside after finishing the handshake line, then swiftly landed a flurry of punches. She attacked Elliotte after accusing him of cursing at Exodus players.

• When players from both teams rushed over to the coaches, one player from each side reported being punched by the opposing coach.

"I don't know if I was unconscious, but at one point, I could not get off the floor," Exodus player Tamara Jones, who reported being struck by Elliotte, told the Post.

There have been no criminal charges stemming from the fracas as of yet, but that doesn't mean some won't come soon. Elliotte refused comment to the Post citing future potential legal action, and the father of the player who was struck by Young said that he planned to press charges against the Exodus coach.

Needless to say, both coaches were immediately banned from the 2012 Rumble in the Bronx (new name forthcoming, perhaps?), according to tournament director Chris Oden.

That hardly seems like adequate punishment for a nasty brawl that sucked in players who otherwise would have walked off the court with significantly more restraint and tact than their alleged supervisors were able to.

"You put your kids on a team and you're supposed to be leaving them with a trusted adult," a parent of an Exodus player told the Post on the condition of anonymity. "I don't know what either organization is going to do, but they have to do something."

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