Why is this even a story? Has anyone played pickup basketball, sometimes things get testy and someone may get punched. The kid he punched apparently pushed him and by kid I mean a 6'5" 200lbs. 17 year old who probably had it coming. He didn't punch a 5'5" sixth grader with a learning disability, he punched what is essentially a grown man in a situation where it isn't uncommon for a grown man to punch another grown man in the heat of the moment. Sometimes people get punched in pickup basketball games, it shouldn't be news.
That was my thought when I read the story. The other guy was being too aggressive, PJ shoved him, the kid swung, and PJ swung back. How is that not exactly like 500 NBA games this past season?
Basically the only difference is that the NBA has refs and no one really fights. Seriously, playing pickup basketball is probably the most common place people get into fights sober. It is the combination of competition, physical contact, and especially people being able to call their own fouls. I've seen three times as many fights based on people calling bullshit fouls than from fouling someone too hard. Nothing will get you punched in the face faster than calling bullshit fouls every time you miss a lay up.
If someone is calling bullshit fouls, why don't they just lay him out with a legitimate hard foul instead of punching him in the face?