A massive brawl erupted at a youth basketball game between R.A.W. Athletics from Chicago and the Houston Raptors in the Atlanta area on Sunday morning between both teams and the officials running the game.
In a pair of videos, first posted by Doug Jones on Twitter, one can see a trio of players attacking an official lying on the ground near the 3-point line on the court.
The fight, which occurred late in the fourth quarter with R.A.W. trailing, quickly escalated as more officials and adults run in and try to break up the fight. Soon enough, it was an all out brawl.
Upon first look, it seems that players attacked one official, which sparked the fight.
However, head coach Howard Martin — who runs R.A.W., the team in white playing in the basketball game — tweeted out his side of the story shortly after videos of the fight surfaced on Twitter on Sunday morning.
“A ref actually walked up on one of our players and attacked him,” Martin tweeted. “Everyone tried to break it all up, then the ref’s father (who was working a game on a different court) ran over to our court and rushed our guys. Everyone in the gym, the other team and the directors saw everything.”
It’s tough to tell if Martin’s account of the story is accurate based on the videos alone — as they cut in right as players are seen attacking one of the referees. Both the venue that hosted the event and the tournament director did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
However either way, it was not a good moment for anyone on the court — player or official — on Sunday.
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