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“It was in the elevator and I’m dodging punches" — when Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee got into a fistfight because of a woman

When Nick Young says this is the most intense fight he'd ever witness, you know it was for real.
Washington Wizards power forward Andray Blatche, shooting guard Nick Young, center JaVale McGee

Andray Blatche, Nick Young and JaVale McGee

Some of the worst fights in the NBA between players happen because of women. It is, after all, a league that features grown adults (well, most of them) who spend their time away from the court socializing and making the most out of the luxury of being an NBA player. Even if we do find out about these conflicts, it's always after the dust has settled. This is the case between the feud of JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche.

Nick Young witnessed it all

The funniest part about the conflict between McGee and Blatche is that it was revealed by their former teammate Nick Young, who mentioned that this was one of the most intense fights he’d ever witnessed. According to Young, the Washington Wizards hosted a mixer in a bar where McGee and Blatche’s feud occurred.

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It was at the club. it was a team function. It was over a chick. JaVale and Andray Blatche. I guess it was Andray Blatche’s chick or something and JaVale was talking and dancing to her and Andray said something slick like, ‘I told you don’t be talking to that h**! That’s mine! Don’t talk to that chick! That’s mine!Young said on his appearance on the Buckets podcast.

It turns out that McGee didn’t think Blatche was serious, so he continued to talk to the woman. Blatche thought McGee was doing it to pester him, but little did he know the latter thought he wasn’t serious. The feud then turned into a fist fight in an elevator as Young had to dodge McGee and Blatche’s punches at each other.

We get in the elevator; two seven-footers in the elevator and me, and one security guard and JaVale’s boy tried to break it up. Andray Blatche - boom - socked his homie, boom he out of there. I don’t think I’ve seen Andray Blatche no more after that. It was in the elevator, and I’m over here dodging punches,” Young added.

What happens in the club stays in the club

The conflict between Blatche and McGee was later reported by Michael Lee in the Washington Post in 2010. However, it wasn’t clear why Blatche and McGee fought, and in fairness to both players, the dirty laundry didn’t go public until Young talked about it years after. In fact, the Wizards even released a statement dismissing the ongoing issue between both players.

This is another reminder that most fights between players occur outside the spotlight. What we probably catch on air or on social media does not fully encapsulate their relationships and conflicts. It’s also worth noting that some of the most brutal incidents between players don’t necessarily happen on the court but out of it as their egos get in the way. 

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