Jul 23 2008
First fight in the WNBA

Girl Fight! WNBA’s Sparks and Shock Throwdown

In tonight’s matchup between the Los Angeles Sparks and the Detroit Shock, LA’s Candace Parker got into it with Detroit’s Plenette Pierson.

WNBA Brawl - Detroit Shock vs. Los Angeles Sparks

During the closing seconds of the game, Pierson gave Parker a hard hip-check at the free throw line. They got tied up and both fell to the floor. Pierson got up first and ran over to Parker to get something started; Parker pulled her back down to the court.

Another player jumped on Parker, but this ‘brawl’ looks like their teammates were trying to break them up. The most fury came from a Shock player being held back by her teammates.

Rick Mahorn, Detroit’s assistant coach, will have to explain why he shoved Lisa Leslie to the floor, but this was far from the all out, in the stands, stadium throwdown the Detroit Pistons and the Indiana Pacers gifted to the world.

No hair pulling, no jerseys pulled off.. You call this a girl fight?

☼ What's Your Opinion? ☼

1 BIGTEX Wed, Jul 23, 2008 - 10:37 am

This fight will be the highlight of the season. Mahorn kept the others teams players away from his players. He didn’t swing. Didn’t clench his fist. Leslie get her feelings hurt because she flopped back like a little girl? Rick Mahorn. 6’10” 300lbs+. Detroit bad boys.
Yeah Leslie, you’re just a little girl. Forget about calling Mahorn out and meeting him in a back alley.  Stick to fighting other little girls.

2 TNGIRL Wed, Jul 23, 2008 - 1:32 pm

Little girl?  I don’t think so.  When is the last time you dunked a basketball or, for that matter, played in any sort of professional sporting match.  Lisa Leslie and Candace Parker are ladies who got caught up in the spirit of competition.

3 taelurr44 Wed, Jul 23, 2008 - 1:50 pm

i was at that game…
im from detroit and i believe planette pierson is to blame
stupid heffa did not need to do that.
Deanna Nolan was an idiot for tackling Candace to the ground

4 Rodman Wed, Jul 23, 2008 - 6:20 pm

Come on TNGIRL lets not try to compare mens sports to womens sports. True they play pro basketball but it is the WNBA not NBA. You are right they are ladies that got caught up in the spirit of copmetition. BIGTEX is also right Mahorn didn’t push her down she more or less fell.

5 mike Wed, Jul 23, 2008 - 6:22 pm

lisa floppd.

6 TNGIRL Wed, Jul 23, 2008 - 11:01 pm

Mahorn did push her.  Was it hard enough for her to fall?  Wasn’t there, don’t know.  As for NBA vs. WNBA—the ladies are playing at the top of the game that they are allowed to play.  It’s not a man vs. woman thing.  My point is that to call Lisa Leslie a “little girl” is demeaning and trivializes her abilities.  It was a competition that got out of control.  I’ve seen it with men, women, umpires, and even parents in the stands.

7 Rodman Wed, Jul 23, 2008 - 11:10 pm

Yes, Mahorn did push her. Was his intent to knock her down? Very doubtful. The ladies ARE playing at the top of their game but lets not use the words “that they are allowed to play”. I personally love the WNBA but there is nobody holding them back. You are right Lisa should not have been called a “little girl” she is actually my second favorite player behind Candice. The competition did get out of control. That happens, the league will surtvive.

8 TNGIRL Wed, Jul 23, 2008 - 11:26 pm

I wasn’t implying that they were being held back.  I was simply saying that they are playing at the top of their league—a women’s league.  If it did not exist, they would be playing overseas as many of my friends did in the 80’s and hoping one day to play with the men.  With Parker’s abilities and the twenty years that we have progressed with the acceptance of women athletes, I dare say that she would be making strides to play with the men.

9 Rodman Wed, Jul 23, 2008 - 11:58 pm

Janice Parker is a tremendous basketball player HOWEVER, I wouldn’t put her with the men. I agree with you that womens athletics, especially basketball, is finally getting some of the credit that it deserves. I’d still like to see the woman have a longer season and higher salaries.

10 alexa Thu, Jul 24, 2008 - 1:53 am

I am a big cp3 fan i love her and i am a big fan one of the biggest, but I mean I am a basketball player and if I previously had a confrontation with ford, of course I would be mad but then again yes if I am candace she is a big role model, a lot of kids look up to her now there going to think its okay to fight during a basketball game but is all depends on the situation. So, if someone is starting with me and boxing me out when it is most definitely unnecessary when whoever was shooting at the line and you’re in the WNBA it is most likely to be in and then plenette getting in her face of course she is going to stand up for herself and not be pushed around. And yes through out the game candace was talking trash but so was everyone else she is allowed if anyone i mean lets see she is amazing and has all the right. She is no where near being a thug she just tryin to play the game and represent and try to make the game better and more not manly like but more physical and more NBA like. And some of the WNBA rides on her shoulders but not all yea she is an amazing rookie she loves the game and will represent yes she’s a hot head but so is everyone who has emotion in the game i am 15 and love the game of basketball and no matter what i will look up to candace and lisa no matter how they represent the game of basketball like candace said, “lisa was the first generation i was the 2nd ” and yes i am the 3rd or by the time i get there maybe the 5th or 6th i dont know how candace will have changed the game by then!

11 girl baller Sat, Jul 26, 2008 - 5:26 pm

i am 15 and love the game of basketball
i dnt think that candace should be blamed at all for this if anyone should be a fault it should be plenette she shouldnt have came at parker like that. cp was just tryin to defind herself and i would have done the same thing. iam candace parkers biggest fan. i love her. she is my role model. i play aau basketball and just came back from nationals. the game was physical from start to finish and it was only a matter of time before something would have hoped off. that is my thought. i love the WNBA

12 mkrob.com Mon, Aug 25, 2008 - 3:52 am

Rick Mahorn need to be ashamed of himself, pushing Lisa Leslie down like that.

13 From A Lisa Leslie Fan Tue, Aug 26, 2008 - 11:29 pm

Mahorn didn’t push her down. He put both his arms out and she fell. He did make contact but he did not intentionally pushe her down.

14 christy bledsoe Thu, Sep 18, 2008 - 2:05 pm

Umm umm luuka here candice had to take care of her buisness i know it aint rite but she had to do what she had to do but umm she gne b baq…so yall haters get readi to get yah hate baq on iight love me or hate me haters bro..

15 veronica Fri, Sep 26, 2008 - 6:34 pm

bueno primero mis saludo soy una chama de 15 año y juego baloncesto y sigo los juego de la wnba y mire eso lo q iso ese prof para mi esta incorrecto para mi q lo boten o los suspendan nc o una multa cmo el va a tretar a una jugadora de esa manera ami de mi parte no me gusto y la jugadora parker q tiene culpa ella de ser tan buena para q se la agarren cn ella la otra jugadora lño q le tenia envidia bueno saludo del estado anzoategui besos cuidense

      >>>> baloncesto v.15<<<

16 Chris G. Fri, Sep 26, 2008 - 8:04 pm


The Google Spanish Translation..

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17 Sha'Kari Fri, Sep 11, 2009 - 3:17 pm

I like Candice Parker bhut Nolan better dhen her soe boss down all yhall

18 Fish Smell Mon, Oct 05, 2009 - 11:54 am

Candace Parker is the greatest woman player of all time, but she is not good enough to be a top HS boy player. Sorry. So, she can dunk, there are HS freshman that can dunk as well. 8th graders even.

19 Juming Jammur Mon, Oct 05, 2009 - 11:56 am

Si, abla tu speako, en blas no mas te ambre!

20 Tiera Tue, Oct 06, 2009 - 1:32 pm

Detroit started it

21 Candace Parker Fan Tue, Oct 06, 2009 - 1:33 pm

it wasn;t the sparks fault

22 Shayann Stone Fri, Nov 20, 2009 - 4:15 pm

i think that candace did what she had to do i would have done the same thing and noooo i am candace Parker’s biggest fan soooo haha but i am 15 i love basketball and a lot of people say i will make it somewhere in basketball sooo GO CANDACE 😊

23 christal Wed, Jan 13, 2010 - 2:32 pm

ohh damn! that good one bec team was mad for fight! but good job! 😊

24 Chukwuma Thu, Dec 09, 2010 - 1:56 pm

@taelurr44. Plenette would have been sent to the hospital, if Deanna did not step in to tackle candace