You can say what you will about John Wall's ejection after taking a swing at Big Z, but you can't say that he backs down to anyone.
Wall getting the ejection was probably one of the worst outcomes for the Washington Wizards, but it's a lesson that he can learn from and figure out how to manage the next time an opposing player attempts to get in his head.
To give the the bare minimum of credit, it was a crafty veteran move on the part of Z, who has nettled opposing players throughout his career. I don't want John Wall to start flopping like he has been shot, but neither do I want him to get the reputation of being someone who is easily riled.
Every time an athlete does something “wrong”, someone says how they are role models to kids and they should know better. That is hog wash. We are all human and have buttons that can be pushed. How many regular non athletes make mistakes in front of kids, sometimes out on their own?
Here are some reasons that people shouldn't stress or make a big deal out of Wall's incident.