Stephon Marbury Got Ejected from a Chinese Basketball Game, So They Locked Him Out of the Arena (Video)
If there’s one thing I learned from the film Mr. Big League starring Tom Sellick, it’s that superstar athletes have a tough time swallowing their pride and going overseas to continue their careers once they are past their prime. However, former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury has actually adjusted pretty well to his post-NBA career in the Chinese Basketball Association. After stints with the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons and the Foshan Dralions, the 36-year-old seems to have found a permanent home with the Beijing Ducks. In 2012, he helped the team win its first CBA championship…and then they built him a statue, which was nice.
Of course, as comfortable as Marbury has become in Beijing, you have to think the way they do things over there still catches him off-guard sometimes.
For example, during a game this week against the Shandong Flaming Bulls (best not-intentionally-ironic team name ever), Marbury drove the lane and, in the process, elbowed a Flaming Bull in the face. A foul? Yes, sure. But the refs called it a technical foul, which is just crazy.
Here’s a video with the game highlights. Skip ahead to the 1:30 mark:
After that, another Flaming Bull took exception to the foul and started a minor scuffle. Marbury apparently threw a punch, got another technical, and was ejected—which is fine. The initial technical was dumb, but a technical and an ejection for throwing a punch is normal.
But here’s where it gets weird again. They didn’t just send Marbury off to the locker room. They locked the doors behind him and put a guard there so he couldn’t come out. And that’s the image you see above.
Hat Tip – [Ball Don’t Lie]