Of all the rules in sports, one should seemingly be inviolable.
Never punch an opponent where you’d prefer he not punch you.
And yet USC’s Chimezie Metu did just that on Sunday night, punching Washington State’s Carter Skaggs in the groin as he attempted a three-pointer. Skaggs promptly crumpled to the ground and Metu was hit with a flagrant-two that removed him from the game.
“That’s a crime against humanity,” Bill Walton said on the broadcast.
Walton, of course, wasn’t wrong.
Twitter quickly reacted to Metu’s cheap shot:
One big thing NBA folks have been worried about with Chimezie Metu for a while is maturity and responding well to adversity. Certainly sounds like he didn’t exactly do that tonight.
— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) January 1, 2018
USC's Chimezie Metu delivered one of the ugliest plays you'll see in college basketball this year, striking WSU's Carter Skaggs in the groin after a jumper. Metu, an NBA prospect, was ejected. The lack of composure is emblematic of this season for USC.
— Nathan Fenno (@nathanfenno) January 1, 2018
Chimezie Metu one of the dirtiest players in the Pac. USC as a team tbh
— Shaun Knight (@futurecoug) January 1, 2018