NBL rules no case to an­swer over ‘ knock­out’ blow

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

THE Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League has thrown out a com­plaint from the Wild­cats to in­ves­ti­gate the in­ci­dent that hos­pi­talised Perth big man Matt Knight.

League bosses fol­lowed up on a re­quest by Cats chief ex­ec­u­tive Nick Marvin to re­view footage of the fourth quar­ter run-in which saw Knight ( pic­tured above) knocked un­con­scious af­ter get­ting tan­gled up with Townsville’s Will Blalock.

While Blalock’s hand is seen to hook around Knight’s in a re­bound­ing skir­mish, an NBL of­fi­cial said there was no hint of mal­ice in the point guard’s ac­tions.

‘‘ The in­ci­dent was looked at and we f eel t here i s i nsuf­fi­cient grounds to bring it to tri­bunal, but it was cer­tainly a hard foul,’’ the spokesman said.

And that is how Croc­o­diles chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Smythe saw the con­tact be­tween Knight and Michael Cedar sec­onds be­fore the Cat was stretchered off the court. In that case it was Cedar who was knocked flat on his back.

‘‘ We re­viewed the tape and were con­cerned with the first in­ci­dent about Michael,’’ Smythe said.

‘‘ We’ve looked at it and don’t think there is any­thing in it. We think they missed an of­fen­sive foul, so if ref­er­ees call an of­fen­sive foul ear­lier, Matty Knight doesn’t fall on his head.’’

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