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Jim Rome Hammers Marcin Gortat for Wanting Fighting in NBA

by Chris Lingebach
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Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks blocks a shot by Marcin Gortat #4 of the Washington Wizards during the first half at Madison Square Garden on December 16, 2013 in New York City. (Credit: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks blocks a shot by Marcin Gortat #4 of the Washington Wizards during the first half at Madison Square Garden on December 16, 2013 in New York City. (Credit: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Jim Rome smashed the Polish Hammer – Wizards big man Marcin Gortat – for his desire for fighting to be permitted in NBA games, and suggesting it could be handled in the same way as it is in the NHL.

Gortat — in a Q&A interview with Truth About It’s Kyle Weidie on Monday — said if he had it his way, he would “loosen up a little bit” on the rules about fines administered by the league for fighting.

“That if there are two guys and they have a problem,” Gortat explained. “If they could just separate everybody. And these two people that have problem, if they could fight …”

“Quick, 15-20 seconds, throw few punches, then referees jump in and break this thing up,” he went on to explain.

Gortat said it would have to be understood, that, much like in the NHL, when the referees jump in to break up the fight, the players would have to willingly stop fighting.

Enter Rome, who addressed Gortat’s comments during a “CBS Sports Minute,” which aired on CBS Sports Radio affiliates nationwide, and here locally on 106.7 The Fan.

“The first rule of fight club is, you do not talk about Fight Club,” Rome said. “But the new rule about Fight Club is, it should be allowed in the NBA, at least according to Wizards big man Marcin Gortat. If it were up to him, he would let NBAers punch each other in the face.”

Rome proceeded to read from quotes from Gortat, before rebutting with his closing argument.

“Yea, and who are the referees? Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez?” Rome said. “I just don’t think the old-timers officiating in the Association are going to be able to break up Kendrick Perkins and Zach Randolph.

“Once again, if something seems to be true, it usually is. Sorry big fella, the NBA will green light the 4-point shot before they let power forwards trade shots.”

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