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Rudy Fernandez most recently played in the NBA for the Denver Nuggets in 2011-12, where the guard averaged 8.6 points, 2.4 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 31 games. Following the season, the Spain native decided to return to Real Madrid, where he’s been stirring up trouble recently. Real Madrid played against the Zalgiris Kaunas in Lithuania Thursday where Fernandez was punched by a fan after the game, but the bad blood between these two teams began January 11th, when they last played.
Here’s how it all began (via Ben Golliver, Blazers Edge).
Following a made free throw in the final seconds of January 11th’s game in Real Madrid, Rudy Fernandez threw the basketball off of opponent, Ksistof Lavrinovic’s, head. As if that didn’t provoke the Zalgiris Kaunas enough, Fernandez said something to Paulius Jankunas as he walked past him after the game, prompting a shoving match between the teams.
Well, the two teams met for a rematch Thursday, only this time the game was in Lithuania. And as these heartfelt posters portray, the LIthuanian fans have clearly had this date marked on their calendars.
And then this. After the game Fernandez was punched in the face by a fan, according to Sarunas Mazalas, Lithuania National TV:
Sources say Rudy Fernandez was punched in the face hardly by Lithuanian fan after the Euroleague game. Incident happened hen Fernandez was entering team bus.
Real Madrid had their security guy but he didn’t react fast enough. Offender was arrested, Fernandez and company went straight to airport. Fernandez’s face was blooded, sources say. Zalgiris expects not to be punished as it happened outside arena.
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