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Qns. hoops star assaults man

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Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:30 am

Former Christ the King and St. John’s University men’s basketball star Erick Barkley is in hot water after he was caught on tape assaulting a fan at a youth basketball game in Ardsley on Feb. 24.

Barkley, the coach of his 9-year-old son’s travel basketball team, and the fan, a father of an opposing player, argued before the game over the eligibility of the fan’s son, according to multiple reports.

After Barkley’s team lost by one point, the 2000 NBA Draft first-round pick can be seen on video making a beeline to the stands with his fist cocked. In the video posted to social media websites, Barkley yells, “Do you still have something to say to me?” before punching the fan repeatedly until other spectators separated him from the victim, who fell to the ground.

The police were called, but Barkley was not arrested as the fan declined to press charges.

This isn’t Barkley’s first incident involving violence during a game, as he once took a leave of absence after a brawl with fellow St. John’s teammate Bootsy Thorton at halftime during a 2000 Big East Tournament game against Miami.

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