By Andy Rohr
Today's hottest viral video has to be the brawl that erupted last night in the WNBA between the Los Angeles Sparks and Detroit Shock and involved some of the league's most notable characters: Candace Parker, Lisa Leslie, Cheryl Ford and current coaches (and former Lakers and Pistons) Bill Laimbeer, Rick Mahorn and Michael Cooper, with Mahorn taking the most active role.
Although this one clearly lacks the violence and ferocity when compared to that other brawl in Detroit from a years ago, it'll certainly be on a constant loop on basic cable for at least the next week.
The shock value (pardon the pun) comes from the fact that these are women doing the pushing and shoving. Actually, there really wasn't that much in the incident, unless we're arguing about whether or not Mahorn meant to shove Leslie to the ground.
The major casualty was Ford, who reportedly ended up tearing her right ACL just before the brawl. This sounds a little fishy because it was Ford who tried to play peacemaker and tumbled to the ground. Ford was taken off the court in a wheelchair.
Obviously this was also not a bright spot for WNBA golden child Parker. The Naperville Central grad (Go Redhawks!) will probably see her status tainted a little bit because of this but it's not like we've never seen basketball's best involved in altercations.