Unnecessary Roughness

By Jeff Lippman - April 27, 2007

The WNBA's Chicago Sky will be without one of their players when their exhibition season begins on Wednesday.

Former UAB player and current Sky Deanna Jackson's passport was confiscated while playing basketball in the an Israeli summer league when Jackson punched an opposing player in the parking lot after the championship game.

The two players, Ina Gourevitch, an Israeli guard playing for team Elitzur Ramle, who eventually won the championship game, got into a skirmish during the contest.

After the game, Jackson sought out Gourevitch in the parking lot and slugged her in the face, breaking her nose.

The Chicago Sky have suspended her indefinitely for her actions, but more importantly, Jackson cannot leave Isreal until at least May 3, after her next court hearing.

Now, everyone knows the NBA has had its fair share of battles and brawls--Ron Artest, P.J. Brown, Carmelo Anthony, etc.--but the WNBA doesn't have that kind of rep.

Plus, I don't remember any NBA athlete actually taking the fight to the parking lot. That takes dedication and a whole new level of stupidity.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 02:00 PM on April 27, 2007

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