I Thought Sport Was Supposed to Bring People Together (Video)

What happened to the fundamental principle of sportsmanship and healthy competition?

The teams involved were Santa Monica High and Beverly Hills High. The fight broke out at Santa Monica High on Jan. 23 following a sweep of the JV and varsity boys’ and girls’ basketball teams by Beverly Hills.

Officials with both schools are now taking steps to diffuse the long-standing rivalry.

On the video, CBS2’s Greg Mills reports “there are lots of punches thrown, angry words.”

“It was clear that the first punches that were thrown were thrown by Samohi students,” said Jackson Price, a Beverly Hills High student, “and the Samohi students out numbered the Beverly High students.”

“If I do not believe that we can participate at Beverly safely, I will cancel all games,” Santa Monica Principal Eva Mayoral wrote to parents.

As is the usual custom, most of the cars parked were at 4th Street, at the Santa Monica Civic Center.  As students walked to their cars, angry words were exchanged.

“I heard there was a big fight, things just got out of hand,” says Santa Monica High student Ronnie Cornelius. He wrestles for the school —  didn’t attend the game — but told Mills “everyone” was talking about it.

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