Girls hoops tournament ends in brawl

Girls hoops tournament ends in brawl

Published Jun. 11, 2012 1:00 a.m. ET

An ugly, bench-clearing brawl erupted Sunday at a prestigious, Nike-sponsored girls high school basketball league in Brooklyn run by the brother of rapper Foxy Brown.

Two of the nation's top high school players — Zaire O'Neal and Teanna Muldrow, both of New Jersey — exchanged blows during the first quarter of a Rose Classic semifinal game, sending the packed gym into chaos, witnesses say.

Players from both teams swarmed the court, punches were thrown and a referee was caught underneath the squabble, according to eyewitnesses' accounts.

During the melee, Muldrow's mother fell while leaving the bleachers and injured her arm, sources said.


None of the players was hurt, witnesses said, and the game was ruled a double forfeit after referees reviewed the violent video footage.

Rose Classic president Anton Marchand tried to downplay the incident, saying it was simply "a dust-up."

"They forfeited, because it got rough and we stopped it. ... Anyone that tells you something different is lying," said Marchand, whose sister is Foxy Brown.

However, parents who watched the incident play out disagreed with Marchand.

"It was a melee," said one parent. "It just ruined the whole day."

O'Neal, who attends Shabazz High School in Newark, is ranked No. 14 nationwide among the Class of 2014's female high-school basketball players, and Muldrow, who goes to East Orange High, is No. 37 in the Class of 2013, according to ESPN HoopGurlz.

O'Neal is on a team called the Lady Falcons, and Muldrow plays for the New Jersey Sparks.

The two were involved in an altercation three years ago at an AAU tournament in Tennessee.