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Reports: Skylar Diggins involved in verbal spat at high school basketball game

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Tulsa Shock star Skylar Diggins was involved in a verbal spat at a high school girls’ basketball game this weekend according to Deadspin.com on Dec. 30.

Diggins,the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 WNBA draft, was in the stands to watch her alma mater, Washington High (South Bend, Ind.) take on Hamlet (Ind.) Oregon-Davis High on Dec. 28. Washington honored Diggins prior to the game by retiring her No. 4 jersey.

Washington, a Class 4-A school, handed Class 1-A top-ranked Oregon-Davis its first loss of the season by closing the game on a 23-16 run. Washington (10-3) won 84-79 in a nip-n-tuck game that was marred by a fight between Washington's Breonda Green and Oregon-Davis’ Lexi Minix.

Video of the incident,shows Minix push Green aside after a late-game whistle, and Washington's junior guard retaliated with a blow to the face and hit the floor. Minix was evaluated for concussion symptoms and missed the rest of the game according to the South Bend Tribune.

After Green struck Lexi Minix, Oregon-Davis head coach Terry Minix, who is Lexi's father, and Washington head coach Maurice Scott, who is Diggins' stepfather exchanged heated words at midcourt. While the head coaches were verbally jousting each other, a person later identified as an Oregon-Davis assistant coach approached, yelling at Scott and placed his hands on him. IHSAA rules prohibit assistant coaches from going onto the floor.

“I was trying to talk to coach (Terry Minix) when the assistant coach starts going nuts,” Scott told WSBT. “I said, ‘We’re coaches. We’ve got to control this.’ (The assistant) got aggressive. That’s when the crowd went nuts.”

Several members of the crowd – including Diggins --spilled onto the floor, but police officers and school officials were quick to control the chaos according to the Tribune.

While there are conflicting reports whether Diggins was ejected from the event, there is no doubt Diggins was verbally involved in the fracas.

“We had her escorted out of the gym after the game was over to protect her,” Scott said of Diggins. He added, “We do that every game just to get her out. Otherwise she would never be able to leave,” referring to the number of requests for pictures and autographs.

Following the game, twitter blew up over the event as former Oregon-Davis star Kelsey Minix, Lexi's cousin, accused Diggins of using inappropriate language.

@peachbug223 She was yelling the F bomb and profanity at the opposing team's players/coaches/fans.

— Kelsey Minix (@kelsminix) December 29, 2013

@thewhiskypoet I didn't blame her for anything. No, she didn't throw the punch. But yes she did yell "F*** you" at our players/coaches/fans.

— Kelsey Minix (@kelsminix) December 29, 2013

And eventually, Minix and Diggins argued, throwing around the word "class."

Sunday, Diggins (@SkyDigg4) tweeted, “I stick up for my family at ALL times ... UNAPOLOGETICALLY!”

South Bend Community School Corp. Athletic Director Kirby Whitacre said that Green will be suspended at least one game for being ejected and that a report will be filed with the state's high school athletics governing body. The IHSAA may accept the one-game suspension and consider the issue over, or may want more information and can request video from each school. The game was taped by each school.

Diggins struggled most of her rookie WNBA season, averaging 8.5 points and 3.8 assists a game while shooting just 32.8 percent from the field. She was named to the league’s All-Rookie Team.

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