Hodge stomping on Maher's signature
I've temporarily pulled the previous Hodge-stomp thread due to the absolutely-over-the-top comments from many obviously outraged fans. I think few would dispute that Hodge's actions were disrespectful, but many of the responses would be more suited to a prison environment and some of the actions at the game (someone spitting in the player's race?) are no good either.
Thanks to the moderators who were online and able to step in and delete or SinBin the more questionable posts. I apologise to those people having to read through the worst of it, and those who made calmer and more considered posts that have been collateral damage for now with the shelving of the topic.
Hodge expected and demanded boos. He got them. It was a disappointing finish to a game from the home side. But please cool down a bit (for some of you, a lot) before you post again. Threats of violence, homophobic taunts, and the like are not appropriate at all. I can appreciate what Brett Maher and his signature on the court mean to many, many 36ers fans, but please keep it reasonable. Anything ridiculous like the worst of what's been posted overnight will cop bans without warning.
Editing to add:
For those wanting to know what all the fuss is about, at the conclusion of the game, having been ridden by fans (though at his request) all game, ex-36er Julius Hodge finally had a bit more luck at the free-throw line. When the final buzzer went, Hodge celebrated and then took it a bit too far.
During the week, he had joked on televised news that had he played a couple more years with the 36ers, the club would've named the court after him rather than 36ers champion Brett Maher.
Shortly after, on an internet broadcast, Maher had defended Hodge's right to sit out a game during a pay dispute, though noting that he did not approve of Hodge's lack of communication with his team and coach over the matter.
Post-game, Hodge stomped a few times on Brett Maher's signature on the Brett Maher Court before stopping or being dragged away by team-mates. From memory, the departing crowd's reaction was largely shock. After a short break, he returned to stomp on it much more aggressively. At this point, the crowd had noticed and were making more noise. Tigers team-mates again tried to pull Hodge off it while the 36ers centre-court huddle broke up and players moved towards the signature, presumably looking to occupy the space or force Hodge off it. 36ers GM Ben Fitzsimons entered the court (game night staff and cheerleaders were already on court - the game had well and truly finished) and stormed towards the group of players. He yelled at Hodge to get off the court and for security to get him out of there before there was more trouble (in feistier words). Holmes pushed him out of there. Burston pushed Hodge lightly at one point after that.
When you hype up a situation, the stakes and tensions are high. Hopefully Hodge comes to regret putting sour icing on a Tigers-road-win cake and can apologise to Brett.
Edit: Seems that was a bit hopeful. Hodge has said that he'll stomp on the signature any time he comes to Adelaide in the future, etc.