The tape doesn't lie.
15 seconds - Kicks wears the superman punch he doesnt see coming. The opposing big guy also throws a dig to his face that partially lands. Kicks realizes the fight is on.
16 seconds - Kicks sets himself under the basket and squares up with the little guy who had super punched him. As he is about to get his punch off, Kicks is absolutely clocked from his blind side. The force of the blow knocks him onto a chair under the basket.
20 seconds - Kicks gets up off the chair, squares up as two guys are attacking him, and gets his first punch of the fight off. He connects and drops the first guy coming at him.
21-22 seconds - Kicks backs out of the frame as the second guy comes at him. He is squared up with that guy and the guy in turn squares up with him as they both go out of frame. The first guy who got dropped gets up and continues going after Kicks. 2 on 1 at that point.
22-23 seconds - You see two Philippino bench players sprinting towards Kicks location. So now at least 4 on 1 scenario. And if the Goulding bystanders are any indication, very likely some fans and spectators were beginning to get froggy with Kickert at that point. It’s at this point that Kicks decides to get out of dodge before he is swarmed and defenseless.
25-26 seconds - Kickert re enters the frame after running from the area behind the basket. Once he feels more secure, he turns around to a backpedal and actually squares up to 3 opposing players who are pursuing him. Kicks gets some punches off and trades blows with them. One guy trails off towards another Boomer, so its still a 2 on 1 situation. Kicks is facing them as 2 staff / officials approach him from behind. At that point, you clearly couldn’t trust anyone not wearing a green singlet. Kickert is in an at best 2 on 1 situation and at b worst 4 on 1. He senses this and books it towards the Boomer side of the court.
29 seconds - an opposing player attempts to intercept Kicks and Kicks gets a punch off at him.
30 seconds - Kicks makes it to safe ground on the Boomers side of the court. He turns his back at an angle towards the Boomers bench. Longley is now in Kicks vicinity decreasing the chances of another brutal king hit like Kicks suffered at the 16 seconds mark. And for now the fifth time, Kicks squares up with his adversaries and even gives them a little Ali shuffle taunt. Tellingly, now that it’s not a jumping / swarming situation, the opposing players don’t engage.
Call Kicks what you want. A dick. Arrogant. Soft on rebounds and defense. Over the hill. But nobody who actually watches that video can call him a coward or a man who can’t handle himself in a fistfight. It’s pretty clear if he got his feet set and back secure he would have dropped anyone on that team. When the sh** hit the fan, Kicks kept his head and was game.
He was also one of the first ones back down the court when they realized what was happening with Goulding and was the player who walked Goulding back to the Boomers bench in what was still a dangerous and volatile situation.
Outside of the initial elbow, Kicks has nothing to be ashamed of.