Stephon Marbury Denies Involvement in Overseas Fan Riot

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Vibe / March 14, 2012

And we thought American fans took sports seriously! Former Knicks star Stephon Marbury responded to reports that placed him in the middle of a riot that erupted during the Beijing Ducks vs. Shanxi Brave Dragons CBA Semifinals Playoff Game.Marbury, who is a player on the Ducks, is denying that he got physical with a group of fans after his team lost a game in the Chinese Basketball Association. He was on the team bus with teammates when rival fans of the Shanxi Brave Dragons started slamming the windows of the van. 

Marbury tells China Daily that he was kept away from opposing fans by team security guards on his way out of the gym.

I didn’t do that, how could I do it over the security guards?” he told the newspaper. He continued by saying, “I can’t believe it [the chaos]. I can understand if we won. We lost the game and were being held hostage. This is ridiculous and uncalled for. They should enjoy their victory by feeling good about winning a controversial match.”

Marbury ended up with 25 points in the two-point loss. Zhang Xiong, a senior executive of the CBA, told China Daily,”We will truly present what happened in the match to the disciplinary committee of the association. We believe proper penalty measures will be taken in time. It is so sad to see this type of thing happening again. At the end of the day, I think it’s not what most fans wanted. The reactions [to some of the calls] could be understood, but some fans just went too far.”

Shanxi fans delayed the game for 10 minutes by throwing water bottles on the court to show distaste for what they considered a bad call.—Keenan Higgins