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Fan shoved by Beasley calls him a “bad sportsman”

Aug 5, 2011, 10:18 AM EDT

Michael Beasley

Michael Beasley remains a class act.

The 6’10” forward pushed a fan in the face at Dyckman Park in New York City Thursday night, during a game between Beasley’s team and a Kevin Durant team (Team Nike, actually, and the shoe giant marking folk were there filming).

The New York Daily News writers were there, too. They spoke with the guy on the wrong end of the shove, or push, or mush, or however you want to describe it. Turns out, they guy is no fan of Beasley now.

One of the fans behind a metal barrier, Garland Quince, a regular at Dyckman, was targeted and approached by Beasley. The 6-10, 235-pound power forward then placed one hand on Quince’s head and shoved him backward.

“He just mushed me. He mushed me in my face,” Quince said. “I was arguing about a Kevin Durant call and he just mushed me in my face….”

Asked if Beasley couldn’t handle the atmosphere at Dyckman, Quince said, “”Nah, I just don’t think he can handle Kevin Durant….”

Before the situation was diffused, Beasley approached Quince again, but didn’t get there.

“He was about to mush me again,” Quince said. “He’s a bad sportsman.”

Quince later added that the Timberwolves should “get rid” of Beasley. Quince and a number of fans in Minnesota agree about that.

  1. denverhoopdreams - Aug 5, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Not taking Beasleys side here, but in a overall general point, people need to realize basketball players are people too. People fight. One of these days another Artest situation is going to happen, and it is never pretty.

    Respect among humans doesn’t exist anymore, and I haven’t been around long enough to know if it ever did.

    • boondocksaint224 - Aug 5, 2011 at 4:30 PM

      Michael Beasley would do well to remember that he’s a regular person, too. It’s no more acceptable for him to respond to taunting/mocking in a physical manner than it is for the rest of us.

    • david8726 - Aug 6, 2011 at 6:33 PM

      Silly post.

      Mature adults do NOT get into physical altercations with other people over mere words. The kind of behavior Beasley and Artest displayed is what you would expect from middle or high schoolers, not grown men.

      Grown men have the self control not to get into fights unless it’s absolutely necessary.

  2. emerson12345 - Aug 5, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    I remember making a few mistakes and acting immature when when i was 22 years old….

    this guy isnt the devil like people want to make him out to be…. he is just a kid

    I wonder if Kurt Helin ever did something stupid when he was under 25 gfy

    • denverhoopdreams - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:45 PM

      Exactly. Suddenly you are making a few million a year because you can ball and you must instantly become invincible to words. No.. that doesn’t happen, we are all humans, and things will get under all of our skins. Some people handle it differently, and just because they all make big money doesn’t mean they’re all going to handle it the same way.

      Even Durant looked like he was about to blow up on that guy at the game in NY.

  3. bigmadder - Aug 5, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Kurt Helin seems to be a ‘basketball players are thugs” kick. And he obviously doesn’t know anything about Streetball games.
    Streetball comes from the ghettos, not from Helin & Co.s country clubs. That Quince guy probably wouldn’t have heckled Beasley as much if the sportswriters weren’t there; on the regular streetball games, you don’t flap
    your mouth a lot unless you’re willing to back it up. Instead what you see here is a situation where the guy flapping expected to be able to hide behind the presence of Uptown sportwriters who think that these ballplayers should act like they have skirts on. Quince is lucky that SOMEONE ELSE in the crowd didn’t go after him much more rudely.

    It’s like having someone throw a cup with soda in it at you from the midst of a crowd – and you’re expected to just
    bow your head a say, “Thanks youse, kind suh.”

    Wonder what Kurt Helin would do if some called him a name and then threw a drink in his face while he was with his buddies in one his hangouts…..

  4. cosanostra71 - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    sorry, but I don’t really feel for this guy. Beasley should know to just ignore it, but at the same time, he is human, and these people sit in their seats at games and their heads grow and they think they are invincible. The way people act at games can be despicable sometimes- you would never “heckle” someone face-to-face in any other setting so why do you think it is appropriate at a basketball game?

  5. mister12 - Aug 5, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    My mother always told me, if you dont have anything nice to say then do not say anything at all. Maybe this guy should have listened to his mother more. Maybe now he will let sleeping dogs lay…

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