Maine Suspended 5 Of Their Own Players After Two Of Them Got Into A Fist Fight Over Locker Room Music
TheBigLead- Maine’s basketball program is not having a great season and it got worse last week. The Black Bears are 6-24 this year and just had to explain one of the most ridiculous news items of the college basketball season. Five players were suspended last week and one suffered a broken jaw after a fight in the locker room broke out over music.
Junior guard Wes Myers confronted senior forward Marko Pirovic who was listening to music. Myers asked Pirovic to turn it off, and Pirovic refused. The two began to argue, they both threw punches and Myers hit Pirovic, breaking his jaw.
Pirovic had to be taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center and underwent a 2.5 hour surgery to repair his jaw and it will be wired shut for six to eight weeks. Pirovic declined to press charges and claimed it was just a typical locker room altercation that got out of control.
Fellow players Jaquan McKennon, Ilija Stojiljkovic and Dusan Majstorovic were also suspended for telling Maine’s head trainer Ryan Taylor that Pirovic was injured falling in the shower. They were reinstated to the team on Wednesday.
And somewhere, Geno Smith just opened his previously reconstructed jaw and took the deepest of breathes. I wouldn't go as far as saying that a starting quarterback in the NFL whose career careened off the rails forever after a run-in with his own teammate's fist should feel vindicated by a couple of college athletes head hunting each other over Apple music stations. However - when it comes to ridiculous injuries obtained by in-fighting - at least now his miserable story has company, and that's really all you can ask for when you get knocked out over a couple hundred dollars worth of debt as a multi-millionaire.
Other than the inherent hilarity of watching two college bros come to blows over the AUX cord, do you what's funny about this story? The fact that these guys feel so damn stupid about what transpired, but if you put them in that same situation again you would get the same result. Two kids playing awful basketball at a hockey school with a campus that can't possibly make up for the dreadful weather and lack sundresses? Those frustrations were bound to result in fisticuffs at some point, and - though it seems absolutely absurd that it was over pop culture preferences - the last thing you would want to do as a member of a 6-24 team in the continental equivalent of Alaska is listen to that type shit you don't like.
I imagine Maine's basketball season to be like one long road trip with your buddies. It starts out great. Everyone is getting/singing along, everything seems promising, and it feels as though it might fly by too fast. Then the novelty wears off as bad weather approaches, you nail a few potholes, change a couple tires, and realize how much longer you have to go. Then by the time the final stretch comes around everyone can't wait to get out of the fucking car so they can finally appreciate each other's company again. This fight was basically the fight that would take place if you were in the last leg of a 15 hour drive and the person in the passenger seat hit repeat on a song that he knew the driver hated. I'm not excusing this type of behavior, but - after putting it that way - I kinda, sorta understand it....