Post-Game Net Cutting Sparks Controversy

February 23, 2019

The Little Rock (Ark.) School District is investigating an incident that occurred after a game between the Little Rock Hall and Little Rock Parkview high school boy's basketball teams on February 19.

Hall High School posted a 57-43 victory over Parkview on Parkview's home court to clinch the state 5A Central Conference chanpionship.

As the game was in its final seconds, Hall players brought a broom onto the court and started sweeping the floor to symbolize the team's sweep of Parkview during the season. Hall head coach Jon Coleman had used the broom in the final minute of play on the sidelines.

When the game ended, Coleman started to bring out a ladder to cut down the nets on the Parkview court to commemorate the regular season title, things got very heated. The Parkview players and coaches tried to put a stop to the celebration activities, and a shoving match ensued before Little Rock School District security officers were able to calm things down. But then a Hall palyer borrowed a chair from the bench and used a pair of scissors to finish cutting down one of the Parkview nets. That further riled up the Parkview team and fans who were still in the gym.

Hall High School did leave the school premises with the cut-down net and there were no arrests, "It wasn't a matter of trying to show anybody up. It was a matter of our kids working hard to clinch a conference championship," Coleman said in an article on arkansasonline.com. "In the past, people have celebrated on other people's courts. Our kids deserve this."

“That’s petty,” Parkview coach Al Flanigan said in the article. “That’s just like the coach, man. I would never in a million years do anything like that. I would never try to embarrass nobody. If I won the game, I’d just shake hands and go home. That’s what it’s all about.”

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