MLB and NBA: Brawling Double Standard

Michael ShibleySenior Analyst IJune 6, 2008

I was watching SportsCenter, as I always do, and after the over-coverage of the NBA Finals was over, they got down to the other games of the day. It was at this time that I first the highlights of the brawl between the Red Sox and the Rays. 

After reading about the fight, and seeing the highlights, everyone seemed so matter of fact about everything, and that it really is not that big of a deal. Out of my own curiosity, I took a look at the last NBA brawl between the Knicks and the Nuggets from Dec. 16, 2006. 

Here was what I saw in that article from the Associated Press:

"The NBA has another ugly scene to recover from. This one involved its leading scorer and happened in its most famous arena."

Now, why are fights in baseball part of those silly "unwritten rules" where you have to retaliate for every stupid thing, but in basketball it is always an ugly scene? Shouldn't a bench-clearing brawl of any kind be an ugly scene?

I have played both baseball and basketball in all kinds of leagues and fighting has always been frowned upon, no matter if you think you are in the right or not. There should not be a double standard in sports. Fights should be punished severely, at all levels.

I think it would have been big of Coco Crisp to be the better man and just walk to first, and then beat the pitcher from the plate by getting a home run or stealing a base and helping your team win.

One other note. As you can see, I am not a proponent of fighting, but if you are going to fight, FIGHT! In most of the baseball fights I have seen they barely throw any punches. They just dance around pushing and shoving waiting for the rest of the team to get out there. 

Also, I love watching football players or NASCAR drivers punching each other with their helmets on. At least they know how to fight in hockey. The rest of the sporting world fights like girls.