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Krstic returned to his hotel after being released and was due to leave Athens for Belgrade later on Friday. The rest of the Serbia team returned earlier. "I don't know the rules, but I hope I won't be punished," Krstic told Serbian media. "An [act of] stupidity was committed, and I hope they will not punish us. The Greeks started the brawl, there were no guards and the [Greek] fans entered the court ... If they punish me, they must do it to others as well." Ivkovic said that Krstic did not want to hurt Bouroussis with the chair. "I believe he acted in self-defense and grabbed a chair after some half-naked [Greek] fans rushed into the court," the coach said. "The chair fell from his hand and grazed Bouroussis." ESPN.com
Serbia's Nenad Krstic has been released after he was held in custody overnight following a brawl during a game against Greece. Krstic, who played for the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder last season, grabbed Greece forward Antonis Fotsis by the throat and threw a chair at Greece center Sofoklis Schortsanitis. The chair instead hit Yannis Bouroussis on the head, leaving him with blood trickling from a wound. SI.com
John Hollinger: Brave work by Krstic: beats on the guy with his back turned, runs away once he turns around, and then throws a chair. http://bit.ly/9w9j3f Twitter
Thunder center Nenad Krstic was at the center of a brutal brawl between Serbia and Greece at the Acropolis Tournament in Athens. Krstic didn’t appear to start it, but starts throwing punches at about the :40 mark. This seems crazy because Krstic has never shown a mean bone in his body during his NBA career. Will he play for Serbia in the FIBA World Championships? But, more importantly to Thunder fans, how does this affect his status with OKC? Is he likely to be reprimanded for this by the team or league, or can he be? Oklahoman
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