Saturday, January 16, 2016

Slap to face sparks Monmouth-Iona postgame scuffle (VIDEO)

The Monmouth Hawks have been tearing up social media with their hilarious sideline celebrations all season long but, on Friday, those slapstick antics sparked a confrontation complete with a real slap.

The Hawks defeated the Iona Gaels 110-102 in a thrilling MAAC battle, but it was what happened after the game that became the big story.

Here are some clips of the incident, starting with one that shows center Chris Brady being slapped by an Iona player during the handshake line:

Things escalate and it appears an assistant coach is caught in the altercation and pulled to the ground by a member of a coaching staff:

Earlier this week, Iona coach Tom Cluess had some harsh words about the Monmouth celebrations after a big play or basket, so maybe this choreographed display of exuberance on Friday contributed to the postgame drama.

Or maybe Iona didn't find this little skit so funny:

And the Hawks won for the ninth time in their last 10 games, so don't expect the sideline show to end anytime soon.

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