The former NBA star Dwight Howard moved to Taiwan for the Taoyuan Leopards of the T1 League in November last year, leaving a handful of controversies behind.
Like the NBA, the T1 league also produces several heated moments and causes a stir in the basketball world. A similar incident occurred during the Leopards’ most recent game against the Taiwan Beer Herobears. A royal rumble-like brawl broke out on the court, and the officials were also entangled in the unprecedented situation.
However, the former Orlando Magic star center also got caught in the middle of a brawl and faced unwarranted consequences.
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What became of Dwight Howard?
In the game of Leopards vs. Bears, the Leopards’ guard Chen Hsiao-Jung elbowed the opponent’s guard Chiang Yu-An in the face while passing away from him. The Lerobears’ guard didn’t take it as an unwanted foul and started throwing punches toward the offender.
The situation escalated quickly as the coaches, players, and staff were also involved in the brawl. Even the Herobears’ assistant coach went berserk on Hsiao-Jung despite the officials’ failed attempt to restrain him.
Later, the 6.10-foot center came over to keep the two parties from fighting, but the officials saw it as a violation and ejected 11 others, including six of his teams.
Prior to his ejection, Howard had 28 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists in his team’s 120-108 victory over the Herobears.
The unfortunate consequences must have made the 37-year-old upset, as he was just trying to bring his teammates back from the brawl, but the rule was quite harsh for anyone involved in such a situation.
Following his move to Taiwan, the Superman scored on average 24.4 points with 14.1 rebounds and 6.2 assists in his nine games for the Leopard. He previously won the NBA championship, was an eight-time NBA all-star, was named defensive player of the year three times, and won the Slam Dunk Contest in 2008.