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Tyson Chandler flagrantly fouls Omer Asik by elbowing him in the throat (VIDEO)

Nov 24, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

In the third quarter of the Knicks blowout loss in Houston on Friday, Tyson Chandler appeared to let his frustration get the best of him.

After Omer Asik is called for an over-the-back foul while fighting Chandler for a rebound, Chandler clearly (and deliberately) swings his elbow at Asik, and hits him directly in the throat.

This was tough to see in real time, so credit the official with catching Chandler in the act as it happened. But the fact that this was ruled a flagrant-one, which allowed Chandler to stay in the game, was a mistake.

The (somewhat hysterical) Rockets announcers were correct in stating that swinging an elbow at an opponent above the shoulders is an automatic ejection, according to NBA rules.

We’ll see if this warrants any additional punishment in the form of a fine or suspension for Chandler; after seeing the elbow connect on the replay, it’s definitely a consideration.

  1. brianspider - Nov 24, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Thomas Robinson was ejected AND got a two game suspension for pretty much the same thing, intentional elbow to another player’s throat. The precedent for punishment has been set. Will be interesting to see if the league’s big market bias comes into play here with Chandler.

    • dko83 - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:04 PM

      I’m thinking the same thing. Anything less than what Robinson got (although since he didn’t get tossed it already is less), and we got ourselves some big market bias.

    • badassleroybrown - Nov 25, 2012 at 1:47 AM

      Hey, Chandler was falling he tried to catch his balance by connecting his elbow to Asiks face no one told Asik to ove his throat in the way

    • mytthor - Nov 25, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      If this was Metta World Peace, they’d be talking lifetime bans.

      • teamobijuan - Nov 26, 2012 at 9:26 AM

        That’s because MWP has a history of it.

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