TMZ - Atlanta Dream All-Star Courtney Williams is seen getting in an all-out brawl in front of a local food truck back in May ... squaring up and going after several women throughout the violent incident.
Williams' teammate, Crystal Bradford, also appears to be in the middle of the scuffle, kicking and throwing punches at the same time.
Another former Dream player, Kalani Brown, was reportedly involved as well ... trying her best to break up the fight.
Williams posted the fight video on YouTube over the weekend ... where she cracked jokes and made light of the situation, before deleting it off her page.
Now, the ex-South Florida star is apologizing for the post ... tweeting out a statement on Monday.
"I want to sincerely apologize for the video posted yesterday," Williams said. "I would never want to represent myself or the organization in a negative way." ...
The Dream released a response to Insider, saying, "The behavior in the video is unacceptable and does not align with our values as an organization."
Far be it for me to disagree with a WNBA All Star. But there is no need to apologize, Courtney Williams.
While I'm a big opponent of senseless violence and like to see us all come together and settle our Food Truck disputes by using our words, I don't see what Williams needs to apologize for.
I mean, we've all been there. Sometimes the pacifist approach doesn't work. You're standing at the window of the Tenders and Bites truck, casually waiting for your Tenders. Or your Bites. Things besides your food get heated. Tensions flare. Words get exchanged. And the only recourse is Shillelagh Law.
But no one was killed. According to other reports, no one was hurt and the police were never called. This Tweet was posted by ex-Dream player Chennedy Carter who was laughing throughout. Williams joked her way through the YouTube she posted and then took down. As we say in life as well as the WNBA, no harm, no foul.
But now we learn this cost all three young ladies their jobs:
Yahoo - That decision seems to have cost Williams a job, as the Dream have reportedly informed both her and Bradford that they will not be re-signed under any circumstances. Crenshaw, who represents both Williams and Bradford, confirmed to Girls Talk Sports TV that the Dream organization told him they would not re-sign the free agents.
And that is wrong any way you look at it . Just a genocide of wrong. Hey Atlanta Dream. Hey, WNBA. Are you really serious about what we always hear? That the mission is to "grow the game"? You don't do that by kicking your best players out of the league because they got into a scrap.
It's just the opposite.
Have we learned nothing from the entire history of professional sports in North America? I don't know if your Association's marketing people are up on this bit of human nature that's been trending for oh, I don't know, a 100,000 years or so. But violence sells. Since the dawn of civilization humans have been paying money to sit in circles and watch people fight. And a little bit of the ol' ultraviolence hasn't hurt modern sports one damned bit.
There's a through line of violence in American pro sports that goes back over a century. From Ty Cobb beating up a crippled guy to the great bench-clearing donnybrooks between the Red Sox and Yankees. From Bruins players climbing over the glass at Madison Square Garden to beat a Rangers fan with his own shoe to the Malice in the Palace. Where would fighting sports be without bad blood hyping up the bouts long before anyone steps into the ring/octagon? Fercrissakes, if the likes of Ronda Rousey and Gina Carano can become crossover stars thanks to their ability to throw haymakers, what's the harm in letting Courtney Williams, Crystal Bradford and Kalani Brown promote themselves - and their league - the same way? At least they threw and landed more punches than 99% of all baseball fights.
So I stand with my sisters in this struggle. Reinstate the Food Truck 3 and make the WNBA bigger than ever.