For anyone who didn’t watch the last 2 minutes of the Duke – Carolina game last night, you missed a historic outing. Not only did Carolina soundly beat Duke (2nd time this year), but a Duke player, Gerald Henderson, got ejected in the last seconds of the game for bloodying the nose of Carolina’s star player, Tyler Hansbrough. Did Henderson intentionally punch Hansbrough in the face? Probably not. But it is hard to argue against that, regardless of whether Henderson had intent (and he was at least very frustrated by the loss), the move was so violent and so aggressive, even if it was innocent, it is something that should result in suspension. Which is just what happened. And Pat Forde from ESPN agrees with me, as does the ESPN.com reading public. But, IAYM readers, decide for yourselves:
Of course, die hard Carolina fans will forever point to this as evidence that Duke plays dirty pool. I just point to the video. And to the fact that Krzyzewski not so subtly tried to blame the victim:
“The game was over before that,” he said. “I mean the outcome of the game, let’s put it that way. That’s unfortunate, too, that those people were in the game in that play. Maybe this wouldn’t have happened.”
Word to the wise, Mike. You don’t want to come off looking worse than your player who just punched another man in the face.