The bench-clearing brawl that brought this college basketball game to a halt will literally blow your mind

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Even the most boring event can become pure entertainment when fists start to fly. 

That’s especially true when it comes to sports.

And the bench-clearing brawl that brought this college basketball game to a halt will literally blow your mind.

Another “Malice at the Palace?”

Back in 2004, one of the most insane moments in sports history occurred.

During a routine regular season game between the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons inside the Motor City’s The Palace of Auburn Hills, all hell broke loose after the Pacers’ Ron Artest – formerly known as Metta World Peace, and now known as Metta Sandiford-Artest – committed an unnecessarily hard foul on the Pistons’ Ben Wallace, causing Wallace to retaliate by pushing Artest.

What transpired from there came to be known as the “Malice in the Palace,” as the two teams began fighting before they were separated and Artest was hit with a drink thrown from the stands, causing him and many other players to rush into the stands and begin fighting fans.

Bench-clearing brawls like that are few and far between, but they are certainly memorable.

And after nearly 20 years, we may finally have a new brawl to contend with the “Malice at the Palace.”

Best fight of 2024?

Texas A&M-Commerce and Incarnate Word had an intense game earlier this week. 

The game went back and forth between the two teams, but the Commerce Lions ended up beating Incarnate Word at home, 76-72. 

And while the teams were shaking hands after the game, fist started to fly.  

Just take a look for yourself.

Players from both teams turned the court into a boxing ring as they were trying to land haymakers on the opposing team. 

And according to the announcers, the fights were going into the stands as a young lady was punched in the midst of the fighting.

Both schools released a joint statement after the brawl.

“There is no place in college sports for such actions,” the statement claimed. “The unsportsmanlike conduct that occurred after the game does not reflect the values of the universities involved, as well as the Southland Conference and their member institutions. The matter is currently being reviewed collectively by the Conference office and both institutions as the safety of our student-athletes, staff, and fans is our primary concern.

It’s only February, but this might be the best sports brawl of 2024. 

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