Georgetown coach: Beijing brawl behind the Hoyas

AP News
Posted: Aug 20, 2011 3:46 AM
Georgetown coach: Beijing brawl behind the Hoyas

Georgetown University coach John Thompson III says has buried the hatchet with the coach of the Chinese basketball team whose players traded punches with their U.S. college opponents in a bench-clearing melee on Thursday.

Speaking to reporters in Shanghai on Saturday, John Thompson III said he met with the Bayi Rockets coach on Friday and they shook hands and chatted about basketball and other matters.

The Hoyas coach said he did not think the brawl in Beijing had any political connotations. The Rockets are affiliated with China's military, and the fight came on the second day of a highly publicized visit to China by Vice President Joe Biden.