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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Star's sad confession about 'basketbrawl' aftermath


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As much as Boomers and Melbourne United guard Chris Goulding would like to put the infamous 'basketbrawl' incident with the Philippines to rest, the aftermath of the fracas is still being felt by the team.

"When I dive in and have a look at social media, I’ve had a hell of a lot more blocks there than I have on the basketball court, let's put it that way," Goulding told Wide World of Sports.

Goulding was targeted not once but twice in the ugly encounter in July. The first attack on him was in the unnerving scene as numerous Filipino players and staff repeatedly kicked and punched Goulding after an all-in brawl was sparked by a foul on the Aussie during the World Cup qualifier.

Then when the game was abandoned, a racist fake tweet about the fight went viral online, appearing as though it was sent from Goulding’s Twitter account, which inflamed the already tense situation.

Taking time out for an interview as he prepares to lead Melbourne in the 2018/19 NBL season, Goulding accepted the ugly flash point is now a part of his and the Boomers’ history, but said he was also hopeful of moving on from the controversy after he, Thon Maker and Daniel Kickert completed their suspensions.

"I obviously saw the vision after it first happened. It's not something I play on a loop on my laptop or anything," Goulding said.

"Me saying I'm scarred and emotionally beat up is not going to help. At the time it was tough for me, and it was tough for my family.

"It's not something that any of us were proud to be involved with but it's done, there's nothing we can do, it's just about representing Australia the right way every time we pull on the green and gold."

Goulding believes that in a way the entire incident galvanised the group. If there was a positive to take out of the game for the Boomers, this was it.

"Everyone was great and we knew we handled ourselves the best we could as a team in that situation," Goulding said.

"Everyone was really close and we supported each other, from Basketball Australia to the whole basketball community."

Sydney Kings coach and Boomers legend Andrew Gaze said Kickert and other players involved were assisted by staff and their teammates to overcome the mental impact of the violent clash.

"I think it was a really disappointing situation that they had to deal with, and it's tough for the players who had to go through it," Gaze said.

"Fortunately there were no really significant injuries, but I think that some of the guys within their own heads would have had to grapple with a few things and sort that out.

"With Kicks we tried to take an approach to help him through those initial stages, but also, you're not trying to ignore it or anything, but let's move on. Kicks is good at that. He understands."

Goulding is now putting all his energy into defending Melbourne’s NBL championship triumph of last season, and despite many high-profile recruits across the league, many are tipping them to achieve the first back-to-back title victories since Perth did the same two seasons ago.

Melbourne’s imports joined the group later than usual but during the NBL Blitz pre-season tournament in Bendigo and Ballarat, Goulding said they were finally able to work on their on-court chemistry, and now he’s feeling confident for the year ahead.

"We've got to work just as hard, if not harder to keep the respect of all the other teams," he said.

"It's easy to get complacent and go backwards, and all that hard work we did last year, this year could mean nothing.

"But I'd like to think the team to beat is us considering we are the reigning champions."

The Adelaide 36ers will take on Utah Jazz in an epic NBL vs NBA pre-season game this Saturday morning LIVE from Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City. Watch it live on 9GO! from 11am AEST (check local guides).

As much as Boomers and Melbourne United guard Chris Goulding would like to put the infamous 'basketbrawl' incident with the Philippines to rest, the aftermath of the fracas is still being felt by the team.

"When I dive in and have a look at social media, I’ve had a hell of a lot more blocks there than I have on the basketball court, let's put it that way," Goulding told Wide World of Sports.

Goulding was targeted not once but twice in the ugly encounter in July. The first attack on him was in the unnerving scene as numerous Filipino players and staff repeatedly kicked and punched Goulding after an all-in brawl was sparked by a foul on the Aussie during the World Cup qualifier.

Then when the game was abandoned, a racist fake tweet about the fight went viral online, appearing as though it was sent from Goulding’s Twitter account, which inflamed the already tense situation.

Taking time out for an interview as he prepares to lead Melbourne in the 2018/19 NBL season, Goulding accepted the ugly flash point is now a part of his and the Boomers’ history, but said he was also hopeful of moving on from the controversy after he, Thon Maker and Daniel Kickert completed their suspensions.

"I obviously saw the vision after it first happened. It's not something I play on a loop on my laptop or anything," Goulding said.

"Me saying I'm scarred and emotionally beat up is not going to help. At the time it was tough for me, and it was tough for my family.

"It's not something that any of us were proud to be involved with but it's done, there's nothing we can do, it's just about representing Australia the right way every time we pull on the green and gold."

Goulding believes that in a way the entire incident galvanised the group. If there was a positive to take out of the game for the Boomers, this was it.

"Everyone was great and we knew we handled ourselves the best we could as a team in that situation," Goulding said.

"Everyone was really close and we supported each other, from Basketball Australia to the whole basketball community."

Sydney Kings coach and Boomers legend Andrew Gaze said Kickert and other players involved were assisted by staff and their teammates to overcome the mental impact of the violent clash.

"I think it was a really disappointing situation that they had to deal with, and it's tough for the players who had to go through it," Gaze said.

"Fortunately there were no really significant injuries, but I think that some of the guys within their own heads would have had to grapple with a few things and sort that out.

"With Kicks we tried to take an approach to help him through those initial stages, but also, you're not trying to ignore it or anything, but let's move on. Kicks is good at that. He understands."

Goulding is now putting all his energy into defending Melbourne’s NBL championship triumph of last season, and despite many high-profile recruits across the league, many are tipping them to achieve the first back-to-back title victories since Perth did the same two seasons ago.

Melbourne’s imports joined the group later than usual but during the NBL Blitz pre-season tournament in Bendigo and Ballarat, Goulding said they were finally able to work on their on-court chemistry, and now he’s feeling confident for the year ahead.

"We've got to work just as hard, if not harder to keep the respect of all the other teams," he said.

"It's easy to get complacent and go backwards, and all that hard work we did last year, this year could mean nothing.

"But I'd like to think the team to beat is us considering we are the reigning champions."

The Adelaide 36ers will take on Utah Jazz in an epic NBL vs NBA pre-season game this Saturday morning LIVE from Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City. Watch it live on 9GO! from 11am AEST (check local guides).

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