Stephon Marbury Says He Didn’t Hit a Fan in China

by March 13, 2012

Things got heated in a recent Chinese Basketball Association playoff game, and former NBA star Stephon Marbury denied accusations that he struck a fan. Per the AP: “The 35-year-old Marbury and his Beijing Ducks teammates were trapped in their team van after their 102-100 road loss on Sunday to the Shanxi Brave Dragons, Marbury’s original team when he joined the league in 2010. A newspaper photograph showed fans pounding on the windows of the van. Marbury was quoted Tuesday by the official China Daily as saying he and the fans had been separated by guards. However, he disputed reports he’d hit a fan. ‘I didn’t do that,’ Marbury said. ‘How could I do that over the security guards?’ Marbury scored 25 points in the game that was interrupted for 10 minutes as Shanxi fans threw water bottles onto the court to protest what they deemed to be a bad call. Shanxi’s win tied the best-of-five series at 2-2, with the final game in Beijing on Wednesday. The winner goes to the CBA finals. […] ‘We know that for us to win it all we must trust one another because we are at war now,’ Marbury wrote in a column carried in the China Daily.”