Boomers arrive home following wild brawl
The Australian basketball team has arrived home following Monday night’s wild brawl during a World Cup qualifier against the Philippines.
Chris Goulding and Thon Maker were among the Boomers players to fly into Melbourne Airport from Manila this morning.
Basketball Australia chairman Ned Coten said they had barely slept since Monday’s all-in brawl with the Philippines and they needed privacy.
Flying in to Brisbane Airport, team mate Daniel Kickert says he could have handled the situation better and would let the investigation run its course.
Kickert faces penalties over the elbow to the head of a Filipino player.
“I think I’ve overstepped a little bit, with my response to the escalation in the game, and I regret those things,” he said.
The sports governing body has launched an investigation into the incident, which involved kicking, punching and chairs being thrown.
Players, fans and officials were involved but no one was seriously hurt.