Basketball Player Suspended After She Throws Punch in Game
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Women's college basketball star Brittney Griner has been suspended for two games for punching an opposing player.
Griner, who plays for the Baylor University Bears, punched Jordan Barncastle after the Texas Tech player fouled her. Here's a video of the scuffle.
Opinions online about the incident are mixed. In the Houston Chronicle, Richard Justice writes that "Griner deserves a second chance." Why? Because Griner, who is 6 feet 8 inches tall, "has been a target since the first minute of her first game at Baylor," he writes and "On Wednesday [she] did what a lot of other competitive people would have done. She got tangled up and tossed around one too many times, and after a long, edgy, physical night, she lost her cool."
A blogger at The Big Lead takes the opposite view, calling Griner's punishment "a joke" and that "Baylor should be embarrassed" for only adding one additional game to the mandatory one game suspension issued by the NCAA. They also point out that Griner's punch broke Barncastle's nose, possibly ending her season.
This video from ESPN discusses whether there is a double standard for fighting during sporting events.
Griner became a well-known high school player when videos of her dunks were posted on YouTube.
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