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Fan Brawl Halts Shaw, St. Aug's Basketball Game

Posted November 28, 2007
Updated November 29, 2007

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— One person was arrested Tuesday night following a fight that broke out in the stands during a basketball game between Shaw University and St. Augustine's College.

The brawl, which spilled onto the court, forced officials to halt the game with less than five minutes left and St. Augustine's up 60-51. No players or coaches from either team were involved.

CIAA officials said Wednesday that they plan to review the incident. There was no word on when, or if, the game would be rescheduled.

"It started because we were ahead the whole game, and then St. Aug's came back," said Shaw student Mikhail Wright, who caught the incident on tape.

"It was a little talk, a little yelling. ... Then, one of the guys threw a piece of paper, and one thing led to another," Wright said. "It's college. We love our school. We're not going to take any disrespect."

Many people compare the intense rivalry between the two Raleigh schools – both members of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – to that between Duke University and the University of North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Shaw-St. Augustine's game had to be held at Broughton High School because neither college campus has a gymnasium large enough to hold the crowd.

Wake County deputies hired by Shaw – Shaw was considered the home team – to provide security for the game said the incident might have stemmed from gang activity. At least one deputy used pepper spray to break up the skirmish.

Reporter Bonitta Best, who was covering the game for the Triangle Tribune, said she saw three different fights break out. A deputy used pepper spray on people in the third fight, she said.

“He didn’t have to use that pepper spray,” Best said. “There was no reason for that.”

Shaw student Caprisha Glenn, 19, of Raleigh, was charged with assaulting a law enforcement officer during the brawl.

St. Augustine's spokeswoman Katrina Dix called the brawl "an unfortunate incident," and Shaw spokeswoman Verna Collins said she didn't think the fight would affect the relationship between the schools.

Officials at both universities declined further comment.

A decade ago, six Shaw players were suspended for one game after a fight broke out between players and fans during a game with Virginia State University.

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  • TruthBKnown Nov 29, 2007

    State and ECU fans did not go at it. ECU won in Raleigh, and they flooded the field and tore down our goalposts. I'm not saying there wasn't a fight or two in that, but I really didn't see any. I just saw a bunch of drunken disorderly fans tearing down our goalposts.

    This is not a black and white thing. I'm sorry, but it seems to be more of just a black thing.

  • Gandalf The White Nov 29, 2007

    “Many people compare the intense rivalry between the two Raleigh schools – both members of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – to that between Duke University and the University of North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference.”
    Well I can’t recall too many news stories concerning fighting between fans and/or players for any sport Duke and UNC compete against each other in. Good thing about this story is at least this time it did not involve any of the student athletes or their coaches and was just limited to their brawling fans.

  • JuanGrande v3.0 Nov 29, 2007

    It is truly a shame that these kids, who have an opportunity to enjoy college and better themselves, start a brawl over something so stupid and trivial. The men and women who marched for equality in the 50s and 60s must be so proud of their legacy.

  • wolfpackjac Nov 29, 2007

    Stupid to put a racial spin on this. This could happen at any college. Not sure what the conclusion should be with the game. Maybe both teams should be given a loss.

  • TruthBKnown Nov 29, 2007

    "This is just an article covering a dang basketball game."

    Um, the title itself ("Fan Brawl Halts Shaw, St. Aug's Basketball Game") says it is about much more than "a dang basketball game."

    It's about a brawl.

  • TazzMan Nov 29, 2007

    It's just a black thing, right? The mortality rate for young black men was better in the Slavery years. Disrespect? How about being humble and turning the other cheek.

  • zoocrew1 Nov 29, 2007

    bonita best says there was no need for leo to spray. but i guarantee when someone would have been hurt or even killed, she would have said "where were the leo during this" stick to the triangle tribune

  • Bob Sidel Nov 29, 2007

    I heard these schools are not meeting their quota for caucasions enrolled, this is an outrage, something needs to be done.

  • pleshy Nov 29, 2007

    This is the biggest contribution to society most "graduates" of NCCU, Shaw, FSU, ECSU etc. will make anyway, regardless of race or color. If these "universities" were any good at providing an education, they would not have to market themselves as "historically black." Instead, they would position themselves as universities first, with a specific historical background - the way Howard does. The education at NC HBCU's at hardly better than my high school. If you want an education and want a unviversity with a healthy resect of its AA history, try Howard, Grambling or one of those.

  • Lady Justice Nov 29, 2007

    I am saddened to see that many seem to be making this fight a "racial thing." Fights occur at almost all college campuses from time-to-time - Shaw, Duke, NCSU, UNC, etc.

    I find it interesting that a person from the media feels qualified to make decisions about what level of force law enforcement needed to use. One would think that the use of pepper spray would be a better choice than having to physically restrain/arrest/move individuals - less risk of injury to both the students and officers - sounds like a good choice to me.

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