Three days after Shelden Williams accompanied his fiance, Candace Parker, to the ESPY Awards, it looks as if she could have used an escort to the Palace of Auburn Hills. Parker was one of three players and an assistant coach ejected from Tuesday night's WNBA game featuring the Los Angeles Sparks and Detroit Shock after a brawl broke out on the floor.
While the footage I've seen doesn't rival "Malice at the Palace," the scuffle does involve a familiar face. Shock assistant coach Rick Mahorn was one of the four ejected tonight. According to media reports, Mahorn tried to restrain Sparks star Lisa Leslie, causing her to fall to the court. That prompted another Sparks player, DeLisha Milton-Jones, to punch Mahorn in the back.
Mahorn became involved in the 2004 Pistons-Pacers fight while working as a Detroit broadcaster after he went into the crowd to try to pull Ron Artest away from fans.
Following the Sparks' 84-81 win tonight, Shock coach Bill Laimbeer defended Mahorn.
"Rick Mahorn is known as a peacemaker, from even the brawl we had here with Indiana," Laimbeer told media. "He went out there to get people off the pile and to get people to stop the confrontation. That's who he is, that's what he does."
Here's a shaky video I found on YouTube. There is hilarious commentary at the 3:06 mark that's worth watching.