We all like to see justice served.
And when we witness it first-hand — as many did with the seemingly righteous “Suns in 4” Ball Arena beatdown that went viral on social media after last week’s Game 3 Nuggets loss in Denver — we generally give it a thumbs up.
Because who doesn’t like to see someone get their comeuppance?
That being said, it’s one thing to heart a video on Twitter. It’s quite another to treat a man like a conquering hero for engaging in a public fist fight.
Devin Booker — F
For those stuck under a rock for the past seven days, or those who simply refuse to engage with social media, let us recap what we think we know about the “Suns in 4” brawl:
Thanks to multiple cellphone videos shot from different angles around Ball Arena, we see…
+ A man in a Jamal Murray Nuggets jersey is jawing with another man seated in front of him wearing a Steve Nash Suns jersey. (According to an interview the Suns fan later gave to Barstool Sports’ Dave Portnoy, we now know he felt the need to mock the Nuggets fan’s “clearly fake accessories.”)
+ The back-and-forth escalates, with Murray Jersey Guy inexplicably pouring a beer on Nash Jersey Guy. This, of course, ignites a brief fracas.
+ After things briefly calm down, Murray Jersey Guy appears to feign an exit before turning and throwing two sucker punches at Nash Jersey Guy, neither of which inflict much damage. Nash Jersey Guy then proceeds to grab Murray Jersey Guy by the head and pummel him with a series of uppercuts until his opponent resigns himself to defeat.
+ With one arm still locked around a clearly defeated Murray Jersey Guy, Nash Jersey Guy tells his buddy (also in a Murray jersey) to back off before delivering one final uppercut to the original Murray Jersey Guy and victoriously declaring “Suns in 4,” as the other two slink off into the tunnel behind them.
All things considered, Nash Jersey Guy, who we will heretofore refer to as “Suns in 4 Guy,” appears to have an ironclad case of self-defense.
The other gentleman was clearly an aggressor, and if we’re going Old Testament, we could say Murray Jersey Guy got what was coming to him. Justice served. Case closed. Local authorities can leave this one alone.
There’s just one problem.
A few days later, after the videos made Suns in 4 Guy a viral star, Phoenix guard Devin Booker took to social media in an attempt to locate the young man. He did — ESPN ID’d him as a Denver resident and life-long Suns fan — and now Booker is going to give him a signed jersey and tickets to one of the Suns’ Western Conference Finals playoff games.
This was first reported as “lighter NBA breaking news” on Twitter, because nothing says “light” like a series of vicious uppercuts to the face.
As much as the Grading the Week staff admires Suns in 4 Guy’s ability to defend himself, this clearly isn’t conduct that should be rewarded.
Suns in 4 Guy bludgeoned another man in public while several onlookers around him cheered it on. This came only after the two had verbally sparred long enough to create real animosity that led to a violent confrontation.h2 data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag"">
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No matter how you slice it, this was an ugly scene — coming on the heels of numerous other instances of ugly fan behavior at arenas throughout the NBA during these playoffs.
Players throughout the league, executives and coaches, including the Nuggets’ own coach Michael Malone, decried the incidents that preceded the Suns in 4 brawl. And they were 100% correct. Athletes and fans from both teams should be able to go to an arena without having to endure violent and/or depraved acts.
Suns in 4 Guy was a willing participant in something that went terribly awry. If we’re slicing pieces of the blame pie around, we have to at least give this fellow a tiny sliver for deciding to mock Jamal Jersey Guy’s gear.
Which is exactly why we shouldn’t be giving him gifts.
Source : https://www.denverpost.com/2021/06/19/grading-the-week-devin-booker-suns-in-4-fight/913