From what we are hearing the foul on Tyler Hansbrough by Gearld Henderson was not only Intentional it was Flagrant.Â Henderson of Duke hit Hansbrough ofÂ North CarolinaÂ upside the head late in the North Carolina-DukeÂ game on Sunday afternoon.
Did Henderson follow upÂ on instructions from Coach K or was he acting on his own?Â Hansbrough’s nose is broken and he will have to wear a mask to protect his faceÂ during the ACC Tournament. Henderson will have to sit out Duke’s opening round game with N.C. State after the ejection from Sunday’s contest.
It was late in the game and the outcome was already decided, why was Henderson going after Hansbrough?Â Why was Hansbrough still in the game, his team was up by 14 points?Â Was Coach KÂ trying to send a message?
IÂ didn’t see the game because I was on the outdoor courtÂ trying to prolong my 27 year career of Sunday pick-up games at the Forest Valley slab over off of Hobbs Road.Â I wasÂ there with Marshall Brown, Chuck, Jeffery, and the big 6’7 kid from Grimsley.Â Kenny O’Fallon, Bart Manning, and Bruce had all stopped by but they left to watch theÂ big game.
Steve wrote in yesterday and he said he couldn’t believe whatÂ he was seeing.Â Steve said it looked like Henderson was going right after Hansbrough with direct intent to injure in hisÂ eyes andÂ the shot landed right upside Tyler’s head and broke his nose.Â Ogi Overman, formerly of many local sports publications, and nowÂ the Editor of the Jamestown News said he thought it was aÂ Hard Foul andÂ that was all.Â April checked in here at greensborosports.com last night and said itÂ looked like a punch to the head, almost similar to what you might see in a boxing match.
Was Henderson tryingÂ to takeÂ Hansbrough’s head off?Â I stillÂ haven’t seen the tape.Â Â I was watching the return of “Stone Cold” Steve AustinÂ last night.Â Let us know what your thoughts are onÂ “The Shot Heard ‘Round the ACC”,Â or at least around theÂ RTP.Â From what I’ve been hearing, GearldÂ Henderson might beÂ the new Thomas HearnsÂ or Brett HartÂ and we will be calling him, Gearld “the Hitman” Henderson.Â Â