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Sport Wild Philippines brawl left Dellavedova feeling ‘a bit sick in the stomach’

18:08  12 july  2018
18:08  12 july  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

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Australia’s star guard Matthew Dellavedova says his decision to stay on the bench and not come to the support of Boomers teammates during the wild brawl in the Philippines left him feeling " a bit sick in the stomach ". Dellavedova , who plays in the NBA

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Australia’s star guard Matthew Dellavedova says his decision to stay on the bench and not come to the support of Boomers teammates during the wild brawl in the Philippines left him feeling "a bit sick in the stomach".

Dellavedova, who plays in the NBA, has been widely praised for his presence of mind and respect for the rules of the sport by not rushing onto the court when simmering tensions between the teams suddenly, and drastically, turned physical.

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Australia's star guard Matthew Dellavedova says his decision to stay on the bench and not come to the support of Boomers teammates during the wild brawl in the Philippines left him feeling " a bit sick in the stomach ".

Matthew Dellavedova says his decision to stay on the bench during the wild brawl in the Philippines left him feeling ‘ a bit sick in the stomach ’.Australia’s star guard Matthew Dellavedova says his decision to stay on the bench and not come to the support of Boomers teammates the stomach ".

World governing body FIBA has convened a disciplinary panel to hold hearings over the brawl between the Boomers and the Philippines during their FIBA World Cup qualifier last month.

It's understood the five Boomers on court when the brawl started could face charges but FIBA has made the details of the hearings confidential, including who is facing what charges.

The findings from the FIBA probe are expected to be released imminently.

Mathew Dellavedova in action against the Philippines. © AP Mathew Dellavedova in action against the Philippines.

Milwaukee Bucks guard Dellavedova admits he was torn when the fight unfolded.

"I still feel a bit sick in the stomach about that because, you know, you're taught as a kid growing up to protect your mates and your teammates," Dellavedova told Macquarie Sports Radio on Thursday.

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Australia’s star guard Matthew Dellavedova says his decision to stay on the bench and not come to the support of Boomers teammates during the wild brawl in the Philippines left him feeling " a bit sick in the stomach ".

"It was (hard) to try and stay on the bench because ... The rules are you are not allowed to go on the court. There can be tough consequences if you do so I think in the long run, as hard as it was to stay on the bench, obviously (it was) a good thing in the long run that we didn’t go on and escalate the situation.

"I’m just glad that everyone got out of there with (without) any major serious injuries."

Dellavedova was also quick to scotch suggestions by a Filipino photojournalist that racist taunts by Australian players were the catalyst for the brawl.

Photojournalist Winston Baltasar, who was covering the match, last week told ABC radio that racist taunts may have contributed to the physical boilover.

Basketball Australia and the Australian Basketballers’ Association (ABA) have already categorically rejected the allegations.

Baltasar alleged on ABC Grandstand that the word "monkey" was used by Australians, although he could not attribute the taunt to a specific player.

"I think I should mention when the Boomers were up by 30 points there was still a lot of what I would say was taunting, a lot of mouthing, there were a lot of words being said," Baltasar said.

"We did hear the word 'monkey' being thrown around."

Dellavedova described the ABC's decision to air the allegations as 'pretty irresponsible' and strongly denied that racist taunts had been uttered.

"I don’t know what the consequences of that (publishing the allegations) are but it’s pretty irresponsible, I think."

Which Boomers are charged? FIBA keeps brawl hearings confidential .
Secrecy surrounds the details of the disciplinary hearings on the brawl between Australia and the Philippines. It’s not known which Philippines players or officials will face charges but vision of the brawl shows a number of players, coaches, squad members and officials who could have cases to answer.FIBA has not set a timeline for their findings and it’s understood Basketball Australia, the Australian Basketballers’ Association and their lawyers were working with the players.

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