Wild photos from the Kansas-Kansas State brawl show how scary the fight was and why the punishments will likely be severe

Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesKansas’ Silvio De Sousa was at the centre of the melee, throwing punches and picking up a stool with the intent of using it as a weapon.
  • A brawl broke out at Allen Fieldhouse towards the tail end of the Kansas Jayhawks blowout of in-state rival Kansas State.
  • Kansas’ Silvio De Sousa was at the centre of the melee, throwing punches and picking up a stool with the intent of using it as a weapon.
  • Photos of the scene truly capture the scary nature of the Sunflower State Showdown.
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Fifteen years after the Malice at the Palace rocked the NBA, a smackdown in the Sunflower State has captivated – and horrified – the world of college basketball.

At the tail end of the Kansas Jayhawks’ rout of their in-state rival Kansas State Wildcats Tuesday night, Kansas State’s DaJuan Gordon stole the ball with his team trailing by 21 and went for a layup on the other end of the floor. From there, all hell broke loose.

While videos of the scene show a troubling skirmish, stills of the fight truly capture the scary nature of the chaos.

Check out the best photos out of Allen Fieldhouse below:


The Sunflower State Smackdown — as I’m now calling Tuesday’s brawl at Allen Fieldhouse — began after Kansas State’s DaJuan Gordon stole the ball in the final seconds of Kansas’ blowout of the Wildcats.

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With his team up by 21 points, Jayhawks big man Silvio De Sousa sprinted the length of the floor for a massive chase-down block that sent Gordon to the hardwood. Then De Sousa stood over him menacingly.

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Gordon and De Sousa presumably exchanged words before a shoving match on the baseline descended into a full-blown melee.

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And the benches cleared.

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With players from both teams jumping into the scrum.

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The fight bled into the stands, with spectators dodging punches as the players brawled.

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Coaches, referees, cheerleaders, and others got pulled into the mayhem as well.

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De Sousa clearly got some punches in.

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But Kansas State’s James Love III got in his face and separated him from the centre of the fight.

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That’s when De Sousa picked up a chair.

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And swung it over his head, threatening to use it as a weapon, all while standing over a trampled fan.

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Fortunately, Kansas assistant coach Jerrance Howard managed to charge at De Sousa in the nick of time.

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And safely stripped the chair out of De Sousa’s hands.

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Eventually, head coach Bill Self and the rest of the Jayhawks’ coaching staff pulled De Sousa out of the scrum.

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Police and security officials were involved as well.

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And Kansas’ Isaiah Moss did his part to hold back teammate David McCormack from causing any more damage.

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While Kansas State’s Pierson McAtee physically removed teammate Antonio Gordon from the centre of the feud.

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After the game, Self called the incident an “embarrassment” and said, “I know we were in the wrong.”

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Source: Washington Post


Though fellow players on both sides played a significant role in the harrowing scene, De Sousa is likely to see the worst ramifications for the brawl.

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Multiple talking heads have suggested that De Sousa be suspended from on-court action for at least the remainder of the season. Dick Vitale went as far as to call for the end of his collegiate career.

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Source: USA Today


While the world of college basketball is still waiting on both programs and/or the NCAA to hand out punishments, it’s clear that Kansas basketball is in a state of utter chaos.

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Now check out how the entire 2019-2020 college basketball season has been in disarray:

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College basketball is having its most chaotic season in decades, and it could be a sign of the mayhem looming for March Madness

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