Update: Brittney Griner has been suspended for one game. Who says girls sports aren’t physical? The Big 12 Conference and Baylor University women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey are considering appropriate punishment after BU freshman Brittney Griner punched Texas Tech’s Jordan Barncastle in the face during last night’s game at Texas Tech. Griner was ejected. ”There’s no place for that in sports,” Mulkey said afterwards. “It was ugly for women’s basketball. It was ugly that coaches were on the court, that benches cleared, and I will take care of that with my team.” Griner clocked Barncastle after an altercation under the basket. The two were tangled up under the Bear’s goal when, “the Baylor standout swung and landed a punch with her right hand on Barncastle’s face,” the Associated Press reports. The video shows Barncastle shoving Griner in what street basketball terms calls for a punch back. Later, Barncastle is shown sitting on the bench with what looks like toilet paper up her nose laughing and mimicking the punch Griner threw at her. If you’re any kind of a fan of Baylor Lady Bear basketball or women’s NCAA basketball, you know that Griner is one of the top ranked players in the country. She’s a freshman ball player who can dunk with the potential of becoming the next Sophia Young, the Lady Bear’s outstanding All American and WNBA ball player. But Dashiell Bennett at Dead Spin calls Griner’s move a “sucker punch“ and said Griner “shocked a nation with her vicious elbows”. But will Griner suffer the same punishment and embarrassment as Elizabeth Lambert the soccer player who was caught on video hitting multiple times and pulling the pony tail of an opposing player. “Will people come down even harder, because she’s meant to be the next face of women’s hoops? Are basketball fights just more accepted than they are in other sports? Am I just throwing out unanswerable questions, because I can’t decide if Griner is the worst person in America or just a kid with lousy temper?” writes Bennet. Maybe it’s because I’m a Baylor alum or because I watch the Lady Bear basketball games and enjoy women’s college basketball, but I wasn’t shocked to see the aggressiveness or the punch. It pisses me off to no end that people, especially men, act aghast if a female player acts out in an aggressive manner. Hell, what Griner did wasn’t small potatoes but did anyone see Jason Kidd barrel into the Atlanta basketball coach for standing on the court during a Mavs game? Should Griner be punished? Yes. Is Kim Mulkey capable of handling her players, absolutely! She’s produced national champions and Griner is a fantastic player with a freshman temper on the court. I don’t want to make light of the punching incident, but I’m not ready to exile a female college basketball player for doing what men in professional sports do all the time. That doesn’t excuse bad behavior though. But I hope Barncastle learned a lesson too. Shoving and acting an ass on the court can sometimes get you a slap in the face. By the way, Baylor won the game 69-60. Sic ‘em bears!
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