The Boomers star who was isolated and attacked by as many as 12 Philippines players and officials is “battered and bruised” but “OK”, according to his agent.
Shooting guard Chris Goulding was at the centre of the shocking and wild brawl that marred the Boomers’ overnight wincopping the hard foul that first ignited it.
Goulding was still on the floor when fists started flying after his Boomers teammate Daniel Kickert retaliated by elbowing Goulding’s man in the head.
Goulding didn’t get back to his feet for long, as players and officials came flying in from all directions, surrounding him and dropping him to the floor behind the court before stomping, punching and kicking him.
The frightening footage lays the attack bare, with Goulding at times under so many bodies he can barely be seen.
Boomers legend Luc Longley, who is on the team’s coaching staff, eventually came to Goulding’s aid with Basketball Australia CEO Anthony Moore describing his assistance as like “clearing a maul”.
It was a distressing incident for all the players, with Goulding’s agent Daniel Moldovan confirming on SEN his player was “shocked and appalled” but not seriously hurt.
“He is (OK),” Moldovan said. “He’s a little bit bruised and battered, but he is OK. He’s a tough one. He’s shocked and appalled, as we all are, at what took place.
“That was just Chris – alone, underneath 12 guys stomping him, punching him, kicking him, the American on the team was holding his leg down so he couldn’t get up. Unacceptable.”
Moore said he had not spoken to any of the Boomers players but had been told that Goulding was particularly rattled.
“They’re shaken up. All the players are shaken up, and Chris in particular,” Moore said.
“There’s vision of Luc Longley, our NBA legend, taking up a position of an Australian Wallaby, clearing a maul to get a significant number of players off him.
“That’s what we were dealing with, so yes, he’s certainly shaken up.”
Moldovan added that he expected serious action to be taken by FIBA.
“What took place from those that flew off the bench out of sight and out of mind for those involved in the fracas, the team officials, managers, equipment guys, waterboys, whoever they were – going in in the fashion that they did, that’s where I take serious offence to what took place and that’s where I want to see FIBA come down with a very, very heavy hand,” Moldovan said.
Heavy suspensions are expected to be handed out to a string of players and officials after FIBA opened an investigation into the incident.
FIBA tweeted that the decisions from its disciplinary proceedings would be communicated in coming days.
Nine Philippines were ejected from the game along with Australians Goulding, Kickert, Nathan Sobey and Thon Maker.
The Philippines were left with only three eligible players but the match continued until two of their players deliberately fouled out to end the contest.
Scheduled post-match press conferences for both teams were cancelled in the aftermath of the incident.