WNBA Brawl Is a Huge Deal, Needs To Be Addressed

Peter FleischerSenior Writer IJuly 22, 2008

On Tuesday night, there was a massive brawl in the WNBA, involving Lisa Leslie and Candace Parker's LA Sparks, and Cheryl Ford and Rick Mahorn's Detroit Shock, in what was the second brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills in D-Town.

And no, I'm not kidding.

Sparked by a play after a free throw in which Parker got caught up with the Shock's Ford. On the following possession, the Shock's Pienette Pierson got tangled up with Parker, and proceeded to literally run over her. Benches cleared, and Mahorn, who is better known for his days as a "Detroit Bad Boy Piston" was clearly involved, allegedly shoving Leslie.

Whether or not Parker, Leslie, Ford, or Mahorn acted inappropriately is up for debate, but the severity of this event MUST be addressed by the league, and promptly.

For people that don't get the hype involving these figures, this is like if LeBron James (Parker) and Shaquille O'Neal/Tim Duncan (Leslie) played on the same team, and both of them got in a brawl with one of the league's most well-known coaches.

For everybody that cries for the WNBA to have equality and recognition, this disaster is definitely going to turn some stomaches. This is not the type of attention the league wanted.

I'd love to hear what people have to say about this. For those who missed my article about Candace Parker dunking, I'm interested, but not a fan of the WNBA.

Do people care about this? How does it compare to an NBA brawl? How should it be handled by both the media and the league itself?