eight times NBA All-Star and former NBA champion Dwight Howard was among 12 players ejected from a Taiwan professional basketball league game over the weekend after a massive brawl broke out on the court.
Howard, who currently plays for the Taoyuan Leopards in the T1 League after nearly two decades in the NBA, he was ejected from a game against the TaiwanBeer HeroBears on Sunday night after what local media calls the biggest brawl in youth league history.
According to Taiwan News, the incident occurred with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter when Howard’s teammate Chen Hsiao-jung elbowed his rival Chiang Yu-an in the face.
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Video of the incident showed the two players punching each other before quickly separating, but the benches had cleared by then, with the entire team apparently involved in the fight.
Howard can be seen telling a player from the opposing team to move on. A man in a suit, identified by game announcers as an assistant coach, was also seen throwing punches at a player from Howard’s team.
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«If it was the NBA, they would fine him,» said an announcer.
According to the report, the man in question was HeroBears assistant coach Lin Chieh-ho. The game was delayed for 20 minutes before 12 people, including Howard, were ejected from the game.
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Howard spent 18 years in the NBA, winning an NBA championship with the los angeles lakers in 2020. He signed with the Leopardos in November and had 38 points, 25 rebounds, 9 assists and four blocks in his team debut.