Something very ugly seems to have gone down during an exhibition basketball game between the Georgetown Hoyas and the Chinese professional team Baiyi. The Washington Post‘s Dan Steinberg has more photos up on his blog. Here’s an account from an admittedly partisan Georgetown fan who blames the incident on lopsided officiating by the Chinese refs.
In any event, it’s probably lucky for U.S.-China relations that this wasn’t the same game attended by Vice President Joe Biden.
If you can’t trust Georgetown basketball players to meet the Chinese without a brawl breaking out, why would anyone ever trust graduates of the Georgetown School of Foreign Service to debate critical issues of economic and security policy with their Chinese counterparts? The University of Kentucky, on the other hand, has made crucial sacrifices in order to maintain good relations with America’s key Caribbean allies.
Think Peace. Think Patterson.