U.S. import in trouble as violence mars Chinese hoops
Agence France-Presse
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2007-01-09 11:02 AM
An American player is under the spotlight after he jumped into the stands to chase a fan in the latest incident of violence to mar China's professional basketball league this season, state press said yesterday.

In a Sunday game in northeastern China's Jilin province, rowdy fan behavior led to American forward Mack Tuck of Shandong Huangjin charging into the stands at the end of the game, China Central Television said.

Hit by plastic object

Tuck had been hit by a plastic water bottle when fans rained objects down on the Shandong team as they departed the court after an 87-84 road win.

Tuck had a monster game, scoring 29 points, snaring 15 rebounds and doling out 11 assists.

The China Basketball Association is reviewing tapes of the incident and is awaiting a report from Jilin officials on whether to fine the American, who once starred for U.S. college team Central Oklahoma, the report said.

Other incidents

Sunday's violence was not the only rowdy behavior to blight the current CBA season.

American center Lorenzo Coleman, of Xinjiang Guanghui, was fined 10,000 yuan (US$1,200) and suspended for a game after getting into an altercation with Shandong's Sun Jie in a December 31 game. Sun was fined 4,000 yuan.

Xinjiang players were also cited for angrily protesting a referee's call in a December 29 game against the Bayi Rockets. The protest led to the home crowd in Xinjiang's capital of Urumqi throwing objects onto the court and delaying the game, the CBA said on its Web site.

Xinjiang was fined 5,000 yuan for failing to rein in the fans, adding more misery to its 96-91 home loss.

The Shanxi Taiyuan team was also fined 5,000 yuan after its fans began throwing water bottles in a December 31 game between Shanxi and Jilin, the CBA said. Shanxi lost the game 113-92.

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