For players, the nice thing about basketball compared to football is there are more end-game destinations than the national and Canadian football leagues. Basketball is a worldwide game, so players can end up anywhere from Okinawa, Japan to Eilat, Israel.
The latter is where former Ohio State swingman LaQuinton Ross ended up in January, when he signed with Israeli Premiere League club Hapoel Eilat after two seasons with Italian Serie A club Pallacanestro Cantù.
Hapoel Eilat is 10-14 on its season, but it suffered an off-the-books loss Friday in Eilat.
LaQuinton Ross was at a nightclub with one of his two American teammates, DeAndre Kane, a guard and former standout at Marshall and Iowa State. The two assumably enjoyed themselves before coming into confrontation with a gang of angry hooligans.
Ross lost his shoes in the process and in the end was charged with attacking police who responded to the brawl.
LaQuinton Ross & DeAndre Kane bullied outside Israel club. Over a dozen attacked shoeless LaQuinton Ross. pic.twitter.com/Vw7aiSFYBT— David Pick (@IAmDPick) April 1, 2016
More footage on attack against LaQuinton Ross and DeAndre Kane. pic.twitter.com/VBadjCPgbQ— David Pick (@IAmDPick) April 1, 2016
While the source of bar fights are usually never known, pro basketball reporter David Pick says racial abuse lit the fuse.
Both Ross and Kane were detained overnight, released with no convictions. Sad to see that racism is still alive. Smh.— David Pick (@IAmDPick) April 1, 2016
There's also this tweet, which according to Google translate says: Hapoel Eilat, "the players were racially": "police rampaged, attacking policemen" read 2 versions and decide alone.
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If we could get a Hebrew speaker up in here, that'd be wonderful. In the meantime, I think Twitter user Uğur Şen sums up my thoughts perfectly:
LaQuinton Ross'a bak ahahahahahahaha rlandal Boksr vol2— Uur en (@Ugur77sen) April 1, 2016