Fight breaks out at WNBA’s Mercury/Wings game

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

It’s never good to have a fight at any sporting event. On Saturday, there was a fight during the WNBA’s Dallas Wings and Phoenix Mercury at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. 

During the fourth quarter, Brittney Griner went after Kristine Anigwe, according to the Arizona Republic. The incident began at 6:23 left in the game with the Mercury leading 71-68.

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Both Griner and Anigwe were ejected for their actions in the brawl. In addition, Mercury star Diana Taurasi, and Briann January were also ejected.

Wings players Kayla Thornton and Kaela Davis also departed the contest.

Taurasi was ejected for leaving the bench. She was one of several players to leave the bench during the incident. She missed the game due to an injury.

“[Saturday], I went on the court to make sure my teammate didn’t get jumped,” Taurasi said. “[Griner] got punched in the face and then someone ran on her back and threw punches at her face. I would do that 100 times out of 100 times.”

The Wings won 80-77 over the Mercury. However, the fight overshadowed the game.

“When you have referees that can’t handle situations and let situations get to that point,” Taurasi added. “BG gets pretty much beat up every single game. The minute she steps on the floor, she gets basically physically abused. A person can just take so much. When you get hit in the face and the refs aren’t willing to protect you, you’ve got to protect yourself. They definitely don’t pay you enough money not to protect yourself in this league.”

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