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WNBA has New Promotional Strategy: Brawl

bob mantzSenior Writer IJuly 23, 2008

The WNBA took a page out of the NBA's playbook:  Brawl in Auburn Hills.  The fight took place in the last five seconds of the LA Sparks victory over the Detroit Shock.

The event was the biggest news story for the league since 2002, when Latasha Byears of...the LA Sparks...whipped a ball to the face of Seattle Storm member Michelle Marciniak. 

Katie Smith of the Shock said, "This is pretty rare."

Four players were ejected following yesterday's melee along with assistant Coach Rick Mahorn.  Mahorn was playing peacemaker when he pushed over an LA player. 

I only know Candace Parker's name, so I can't tell who the other three were.  Head Coach Bill Laimbeer said he still wanted to know why Robert Parish wasn't called for a foul.

Even Parker added, "To be honest, I don't recall exactly what happened.  I'll have to watch the tape."

Candace had a very good take-down of another player, and she certainly could have gotten her into her guard if she had some MMA training—with the triangle choke a real possibility. Actually she almost had full mount.

The Association did not immediately announce its next promotion, however, someone did say this is not the way we want to get attention.

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