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Steve Blake vs John Gilchrist Fight Tape Surfaces 9 Years Later

Senior Steve Blake and freshman John Gilchrist got into a skirmish on July 2, 2002 during a pickup game following Gary Williams Basketball Camp.  Or at least that was what folks that were in Cole Field House that day were saying, with no video evidence to support their claim.  It took a mere 9 years for someone to finally release the fight tape.  By no means did the short skirmish deserve a 9 year wait, but it is interesting nonetheless. The fight starts around the 50 second mark of the below clip.

Dime Magazine dug up an article from 2004, in which Eric Prisbell of The Washington Post wrote a feature on Gilchrist, who was a junior at the time, and mentioned the fight:

During the 2002-03 season, Gilchrist served as an apprentice under Blake, the former point guard who had helped the Terps win the national title the year before. That year, Gilchrist said, he got into a fight with Blake during what teammates described as an offseason pickup game, an altercation that taught Gilchrist two things. He learned the intensity with which Maryland players compete, and he learned the scrutiny that Maryland players are under. Word of the fight trickled onto the Internet, and Gilchrist soon got calls from players around the country wanting to know what occurred.

[youtube width=”640″ height=”390″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zo5nRPC6uw8[/youtube]

 

via Dime