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Old 03-04-2010, 03:23 PM   #1
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6'8" Basketball Player Brittney Griner


Baylor phenom's punch gives women's hoops a black eye

By Jeff Eisenberg

Already a YouTube sensation in high school as a result of her unprecedented size and dazzling repertoire of dunks, 6-foot-8 Baylor phenom Brittney Griner readily embraced the label of women's basketball's next crossover star.

The national spotlight came sooner than expected on Wednesday night. Too bad it was because of her temper instead of her talent.

Incensed after Texas Tech's Jordan Barncastle flung her across the paint while grappling for position in the paint midway through the second half, Griner retaliated with a fierce right fist to her opponent's nose. Officials stopped play to review the tape for about 10 minutes before assessing a flagrant and technical foul against Griner and ejecting her from the game.

"There's no place for that in sports," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey told reporters after the game. "I will deal with Brittney Griner, and it won't be discussed in the media. You saw the game, leave it at that. Not [Texas Tech coach] Kristy Curry, not me, not any coach or any player will ever be proud of what took place on that floor tonight."

NCAA rules mandate that Griner will be suspended at least one game for a "fighting act," but Big 12 spokeswoman Joni Lehmann said Thursday that the league is deciding whether further disciplinary action is warranted. Oregon suspended star running back LeGarrette Blount for eight games two-thirds of its football season after a similar incident in which he punched a Boise State player in the wake of the season opener last year.

Barncastle shot all four free throws after exchanging her bloodied jersey for a new one, but she left the game for good immediately afterward. She remained on the bench, a tissue stuffed in her swollen nose to keep it from bleeding.

"My only concern is Jordan Barncastle because she might be out the rest of the year," Curry said. "It's so unfortunate on both sides."

What transformed Griner into a mini-celebrity in high school were YouTube videos of her numerous dunks. The clips showcased Griner's size 17 sneakers, 88-inch wingspan and surprising coordination, drawing millions of viewers including curious reporters, coaches and even Shaquille O'Neal.

"Brittney just brings something to the game that, honestly, I don't think we've seen," HoopGurlz analyst Mark Lewis told the Houston Chronicle in 2009. "You can go back and look at a Candace Parker or go even further back and look at a Cheryl Miller. They changed the game, but there's been another Cheryl Miller. I think Brittney Griner may come and go without there being another Brittney Griner for a long time."

The incident will overshadow what has been an outstanding freshman year. Griner has lived up to the hype, leading Baylor to a 22-7 record and a top-15 ranking. In a below-the-rim sport often derided as dull compared to the men's game, Griner had established herself as the rare above-the-rim player, averaging 19 points and 9 rebounds as a freshman and dunking effortlessly several times.

Griner will surely miss more than one game for her punch, perhaps even for the remainder of the season. No matter when she returns, however, the stigma of this incident will stick with her much longer.

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she looks very manly....
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mg her arms are so long
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crossover? more like cross-gender star

anyways, i bet shes just like that Jamaican "female" runner who actually has testicles.
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she doesnt even look like shes 6'8"
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lol as for the rest of them...

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Should I feel sorry for her manliness? She'll make moe money than most of us but she just looks ....wierd as a woman.
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Hahahha the white chick deserved that, what was she trying to do swinging the tall one around like that..what an idiot. Too bad she didn't get ko'd.
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You'll tap that? Are you guys gay or something?? she'll probably give you a thai surprise
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those were the most boring dunks ever..
we fucking get it she can dunk it cuz shes tall
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