Police Called For 'Hard Foul' During Pickup Basketball Game

A man who was fouled during a pickup basketball game at a Northern Virginia gym called police to report an assault.

Sterling, VA – A pick-up basketball game at a gym in Northern Virginia turned ugly on Monday when a player called the police after he got fouled during the game.

The incident occurred at LA Fitness in Sterling when one of the basketball players got “hard-fouled” and left the court to go to the front desk to call police and report it, according to a series of posts from Twitter user @_togs who originally tweeted the picture of the incident.

He described the foul as a result of an “an aggressive screen.”

In basketball, a screen is when the player dribbling the ball runs toward a teammate who is standing still. The dribbler’s defender is generally watching the player dribbling the ball and running with him, and may not be aware he’s about to run full speed into the dribbler’s teammate standing still.

“Today for the first time in my life...I experienced someone call the police because they got fouled hard in basketball,” @_togs tweeted along with a picture of an officer talking to a group of players near the lobby door of the gym.

The tweet, posted early on Monday evening, had been liked almost 90,000 times, and retweeted 33,000 times, by early Wednesday afternoon.

When police arrived, both men were removed from the gym “like it was an elementary school fight,” @_togs tweeted.

He told WTTG-TV that the man who called police was a regular at the gym who has played basketball there on numerous occasions.

“No punches were thrown. Nothing,” he said. “It wasn’t malicious. No hits to the face or anything like that.”

The man who called police was blocked by an opposing player – the man in the tattoo sleeves at center in the picture – and landed on the floor. He got up and announced he was going to call police, WTTG reported.

"I thought he was joking," @_togs told WTTG. "I thought he was being extra."

He said the rest of the players just kept playing the game as if nothing had happened.

“Everyone kept playing. That’s what’s so bizarre about the whole situation -- like why did it have to be that serious?” he told WTTG.

He said he didn’t think there was a deeper issue behind the call to police.

“You could tell it was strictly basketball," the man said. "There were no racial undertones or anything like that."

The Washington Post said the police incident report revealed that both men had admitted to fouling each other in the game at the LA Fitness, and both declined to file a report.

LA Fitness management then gave both players a chance to have a “civil” game or risk having access to the gym for the remainder of the day revoked.

Another gym member captured the tail end of the incident on a video that he shared on @_togs thread about it.

In the video, he asked the officer if he had ever been called to the scene of a basketball game.

“That’s my first basketball foul,” the police officer said. He said he’d been dispatched to a call for a fight when he responded to the gym.

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wheredotheygetthegun
wheredotheygetthegun

Just wow.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I'm wondering when white people will have enough of calling the police like they're customer service.

Slamdunk101
Slamdunk101

@Hi_estComnDenomn I don't think it has anything to do with race. It's just being soft. Not having thick skin or a back bone. That's the society we live in today.

To say it's a white people thing only continues the race baiting bullshit we all have to hear day in and day out.

GMMiller
GMMiller

The pussification of America continues.

GMMiller
GMMiller

This wasn't a racial issue until you made it one, get a life.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

There has definitely been a rash of these "incidents" in the past few months. It would be great if those that call the cops frivolously get heavily fined for wasting everyone's time.

Slamdunk101
Slamdunk101

@Hi_estComnDenomn agreed

JrzDvl
JrzDvl

@Hi_estcomndenomm, the OP of the incident.....IS BLACK.....and makes it VERY clear....ITS NOT RACIAL. stop staying up past bedtime..... missing your binky is making you delusional.

CowGurlUP
CowGurlUP

Millennial p@$$ies...grow a pair please...stop wasting LEO time on bullshit!!

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Several states have an exemption written into their Assault statues that bars legal action while participating in athletic games.

RPG156
RPG156

Basketball is a dangerous sport. Its not for the weak or whiney.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@CowGurlUP Where are you getting millennial from? That guy is in his 40s.

Now that i think about it, haven't the majority of these bogus police calls lately been Gen x or Baby Boomer?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@JrzDvl Why are you using so many ellipses?

And no, the pussy is definitely white. Hes the guy with the beard shadow.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 You use phrases like 13%'er. Feel free to shut the fuck up questioning me about race.

LEO0301
LEO0301

What's with the profanity? Can't you communicate without using the F bomb?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 Grow thicker skin if being told to shut the fuck up offends you.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn - I think you're starting to become unglued. Get help from a trained professional.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 you're a wind up toy with about 6 programmed responses. someone needs to update your software. The whole "see a therapist" line is one of about 3 you resort to when you don't have an answer.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 It's because you're highly unimaginative, and extremely deflective. There's no wondering.

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

I would call the police every time I punch the hairy bean bag and one slaps me back in the face, hard hit you know.