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Posted at 11:12 PM ET, 01/22/2011

Malcolm Delaney says Maryland fans threw 'hard object' at his mom Thursday

By Mark Giannotto

This blog, and many other outlets, have called a lot of attention to Virginia Tech senior Malcolm Delaney's comments leading up to Thursday's 74-57 victory over Maryland, that the Terrapins "might have the worst fans ever."

And though both teams have already played their next games, the story took another turn following the Hokies' victory over Longwood Saturday night.

Delaney told reporters during his postgame interview session that a Maryland fan threw a "hard object rolled in a piece of newspaper," at his mother, who was sitting behind the Virginia Tech bench Thursday night. According to Delaney, it hit her in the shoulder. It also happened to be her birthday.

The Baltimore native scored 19 points and dished out seven assists during his homecoming, and seemed to relish his role as a villain to the Comcast Center crowd. But this latest incident drew another pointed response from Delaney concerning the behavior of Maryland's fans.

"That's why I said what I said," Delaney said. "I don't really want to get back into it, but it's something that's uncalled for, for fans to do. They crossed the line once again."

By Mark Giannotto  | January 22, 2011; 11:12 PM ET
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"I don't really want to get back into it, but..."

Delaney thinks he can provoke until the cows come home and blow his bobby whistle once his provocations have consequences.

I don't condone assault, but this chump has no credibility on anything related to UMD.

Posted by: burbworks | January 23, 2011 1:27 AM | Report abuse

Yea between Jeff Allen, Malcon Delaney, and Michael Vick in a game of who can you trust, I'd take Michael Vick.

Virgina Tech has never won a national championship in ANYTHING.

But to hear there fans you'd think they had.

Posted by: khornbeak | January 23, 2011 1:52 AM | Report abuse

The school's an hour from the Tenn border, yet the WP covers them as if they were down the street. Ohio State has a large alumni base here as well, why don't we cover them? I just don't know how this paper keeps covering this school as if they were local. WVU, is closer.

Posted by: tony28 | January 23, 2011 1:57 AM | Report abuse

Maryland fans for whatever reason have been known to be bad. I hope the school cracks down on this somewhat, they can have strong passionate fans without having to stoop down to the levels of West Virginia University. Throwing things is uncalled for and despite whatever reputation Delaney has he is not the first, second, third...etc person to comment on UMD fans.

On the other topic I think the reason for the strong coverage with Va Tech is due to the football program. Lots of area kids go there and they have cranked out year after year of good teams. Maryland hasnt been able to capitalize in a weaker ACC conference and UVA is a joke right now. With no other team around Va Tech wins by default.

Posted by: Killerangel81 | January 23, 2011 4:59 AM | Report abuse

Judging from these comments Malcom Delaney is absolutely right about Maryland fans. Before joining the ACC, VT couldn't even make the Big East Tournament, and yet they became relevant their first year in the best basketball conference in the country. They upset Duke or UNC each year and it's not even considered an upset when they beat (crush) Maryland. They get covered by the Post because the majority of the student population is from northern Virginia and because they dominate the ACC in football. Tech fans have been complaining to the Post about lack of coverage for years, they had to earn it. No matter how terrible Maryland is they're covered because they're nearby. Good luck with your "football program." See y'all down the ocean.

Posted by: ZeroHero0 | January 23, 2011 6:25 AM | Report abuse

Maryland fan says Delaney gave racial insult and threw something at him from court. Something hard hit fan from court.

There. Now go report and investigate my claim. I am waiting for the WAPO to print this breaking story, contact me for details and print in tomorrows paper. Now does everybody see how stupid and dangerous it is to keep printing these assertions from 21 year old kids who do have an axe to grind. Who gives a flying newspaper what Delaney has to say about his frikkin mom on her who the eff cares birthday. Good God. Post - get over yourself. Mike Jordan once got yelled at during game at Cole. News at 11. Ralph Sampson got jeered in Cameron, breaking story. Herman Veal had 5000 condoms thrown at him on floor in Cameron, TRUE STORY, where were the crack Post reporters that night?? If the next time Delaney's name in this paper is not to print his obit, then the Post has lost all credibility.

The problem with this immature country has been discovered. We print articles in a major newspaper about a 21 year old basketball player asserting something may have been thrown at his poor mama, and it is news. Meanwhile, the police state that is PG county marches in the bleeping Gestapo after a basketball game, unlawfully arrests and hassle hundreds of kids, but THAT is not news. Some alleged poor fan behavior is news, but FACTUAL SS/Gestapo tactics being used on my college campus is ignored?? We are the Roman empire, say goodnight, and polish up your Mandarin.

Posted by: reindeerterp | January 23, 2011 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Any fan who throws anything at a sporting event should be prosecuted. I'm a Terp fan, but the fan who threw a hard object, if true, kind of proved Delaney's point. I've been to many Terp games and the fans definitely take it almost to the edge, but throwing objects crosses the line into unacceptability.

Posted by: randysbailin | January 23, 2011 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Damn good throw I might add!

Posted by: GMorg11 | January 23, 2011 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Delaney = P---y

Posted by: dbgwave | January 23, 2011 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: tony28: The school's an hour from the Tenn border, yet the WP covers them as if they were down the street. Ohio State has a large alumni base here as well, why don't we cover them? I just don't know how this paper keeps covering this school as if they were local. WVU, is closer.
Because there are so many VT grads in the area and they're part of the ACC. WVU gets coverage because they're in the Big East w/ Georgetown. Bring a Big 10 team to the area and we'll talk about covering Ohio State.

Posted by: luv2bikva | January 23, 2011 8:37 AM | Report abuse

It's Blacksburg, its not local, despite what any of VT's alum who live in this area.
Your argument is as sound as this: because there are so many New York and New Jersey people who have moved from this area, the post has a Yankees/Mets/Giants/Jets Insider. Or because there are so many Mass. people there is a Red Sox blog for the Post. Give me a break.
Georgetown is in the District and it doesn't haven't have its own Wapo blog.

Delaney is a punk, ESPN was constantly showing his mother on TV, and if anything happened during the game I don't think she would have been smiling as much as she was.

OK. Wow, you beat Maryland for once when it mattered Delaney, but lets see you make the tournament. You couldn't make it last year, and you have made it only once in the last 15 years. Why don't you tattoo your mouth shut.

Posted by: bmdugan | January 23, 2011 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Did she call security? Did someone keep the alleged newspaper with hard object in it? How does she know it was a Maryland fan? Wouldn't it have had to be thrown from behind, most likely, for it to her to have been hit in the shoulder (we'd probably say "chest" or the front part) and thus she can't have seen it?

Selling, at least as something intentionally done. Possibly someone throwing away the awful food at Comcast Center, but I'm guessing made up.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | January 23, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Because there are so many VT grads in the area and they're part of the ACC. WVU gets coverage because they're in the Big East w/ Georgetown. Bring a Big 10 team to the area and we'll talk about covering Ohio State.

Posted by: luv2bikva |
By that logic, we should be covering Seton Hall real close. Also, North Carolina, Pitt, Penn State, and Duke. All of which are about the same distance from DC to Blacksburg ...

Posted by: Nemo24601 | January 23, 2011 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Delaney made this up to justify his comments about Maryland fans. Where's the evidence? Fact is, Va. Tech players are the biggest thugs in the league.

Posted by: JRinMD | January 23, 2011 9:43 AM | Report abuse

UMD fans need to clean up their act.

Cheering is OK, throwing things and mouthing off at the other team's players and their families is rude and unacceptable.

Booing your own team is pretty lame.

I don't think Delaney's mom would make up a story about fans throwing something at her, and it's not a big stretch at all to believe that some UMD fan did it.


Posted by: postfan1 | January 23, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse

I would recommend that Delaney and his mother move out of the state since it's so dangerous? Apparently him and his mother are the only people out of 17,800 who knew about this? Maybe his mom want's a settlement for $100,000 like the Duke mom got for alledgely getting hit with an empty plastic bottle?

Anyone throwing an object during a game would have and should have been arrested! I am happy Gary juggled the lineup because if THE CHOKIES can run us out of our own gym it's time to open tryouts from the girls dorms.

The only reason VT is in the ACC is that the governor of Virginia threatend to hold funds from UVA if they wern't admitted. Blackmail at it's best! Virginia Tech has never won a big game in either football or basketball out of conference when it counts.

They did give us a beatdown and I hope this generation of players hears about it for a long time. The VT game made me realize how mediocre this Terp team really is. "NO HEART AND LITTLE TALENT"!

Hopefully we can get into the NIT and win one or two because were definatly not NCAA material!

Posted by: fatlabriley2 | January 23, 2011 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I don't care for VA Neck at all but I believe Delaney. Of course this kind of stuff happens at games.

Posted by: sjp879 | January 23, 2011 10:15 AM | Report abuse

totally believable. i guess on the bright side the objects wasn't lit on fire.

Posted by: funkey | January 23, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Classless LIAR. Enjoy the NIT again Delaney.

Posted by: MDFan | January 23, 2011 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Here is what happened:

1. MD fan did some research and discovered it was Delaneys moms Bday

2. He gets her a nice card and a subscription to a newspaper (Wapo) as a present

3. Taps her on the shoulder at the game, hands her the card and newspaper subs

4. She tells Malcom that she was tapped on shoulder and given newspaper

5. Malcolm tells post that mom was hit on shoulder with something in a newspaper

6. Mark Gianatto says : Lets go to print!!

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 23, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

funkey....guess the GTown fans dont have much to read about? another epic collapse?

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 23, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

we had the weekend off - don't play again until Tuesday. keep it klassy in college park for your NIT bid.

Posted by: funkey | January 23, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Good luck! I see you have put together a 2 game winning streak in pursuit of your first championship in what? 25 years?

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 23, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

tough for you to stay on the subject of delaney? of course if that were my team and fanbase, i would be eager to change the subject as well. well, at least for the NIT you should get to stay in college park. if you get a high enough seed, that is...

in any event, hard to argue that what delaney claimed is believable. whether it happened or not, i am not sure - though i tend to think so, as i see no real point for him keeping it alive after they spanked the terps and he dropped, what?, 19?

Posted by: funkey | January 23, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Hard to figure out the GTown fanbase since many of them are still locked up in Lorton...wonder what Rayful Edmonds does with his weekends during your "time off"??

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 23, 2011 10:58 AM | Report abuse

still beating that old drum? should i bring up len bias now? nah. i think the facts here speak for themselves...

Posted by: funkey | January 23, 2011 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Edmond was an avid fan of the Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team. He sat courtside at the Capital Centre for Hoyas home games, always surrounded by his entourage and bodyguards. He relished the "12 angry black men" image of the Hoyas, often touting them as "Black America's Team," the "First Team" of the inner-city gangsters, thugs, and hip-hop youth, always cast as the sinister, intimidating villain. As the Hoyas made their way onto the court, the Georgetown band would play the Imperial March (the Darth Vader theme), at which time Edmond was often seen smirking, shaking his head, laughing at, or staring down the opponent. Edmond revered the aggressive tenacity, snarl and swagger the Hoyas played with, so much that when his soldiers were gunned down, they were always buried in Georgetown jerseys.[4]

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 23, 2011 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Wow, another Vtech basketball player making up another lie about Maryland basketball fans. Seriously, the media needs to stop printing these lies. Jeff Allen already make up the ridiculous lie that a MD fan yelled a racial slur at him, now this.

I was at both games and sitting very close to the Vtech bench in both instances...and MD fans did not yell any racial slurs nor were any objects thrown at anyone. The fans don't even throw the newspapers down at the players during introductions like they used to because you can get kicked out for that now.

It doesn't take a whole lot of common sense to realize Virginia Tech is breeding a bunch of dishonest punks on their bball team.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 23, 2011 11:25 AM | Report abuse

This story is not beneath the fold, it is reported on "Hokies Journal" a WaPo BLOG about VA Tech. I am a MD fan. I dislike VA Tech, a Technical University, that left their traditions, like their name Virginia Polytechic Institute, to lure money and people like Michael Vick to have legitimacy in this climate of college sports. I do wish the MD fans (and all fans of college and pro sports) would chill a little and have some sportsmanship.

Posted by: bbirdy202 | January 23, 2011 11:48 AM | Report abuse

how does he know it was a murrayland fan? seems just as likely a chokiejokie fan would do that.

Posted by: rev_ollie | January 23, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

"I was at both games and sitting very close to the Vtech bench in both instances...and MD fans did not yell any racial slurs nor were any objects thrown at anyone. The fans don't even throw the newspapers down at the players during introductions like they used to because you can get kicked out for that now.

Posted by: Barno1 "


Really? You're sure about that?

You really watched all the fans around Delaney's mom during the whole game?

You're only slightly less ridiculous that the rude fan who threw something at Delaney's mom.

Talk about showing a lack of class.

It appears that the UMD fans once again lived up to their reputation.

Posted by: postfan1 | January 23, 2011 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Maryland fans are BY FAR the worst in the country. You don't have to play in Comcast Center to know that, just read the comments section of the Post's blog. Name-calling, accusing players of lying, bashing the fact that other schools are covered in the newspaper..

You guys are an embarrassment to college sports. Stop hating on VT and take your woopin with a little class. The Hokies took it to you in your own house and now you've all turned into whiny little girls. Embarrassing.

Posted by: LAHokie22 | January 23, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey it's PG county so it could have been a lot worse.

Posted by: RireGrist | January 23, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

So it has taken several days to make news. Perhaps Seth Greenberg should have taken this up with MD autorities. I'm not convinced this happened nor that anyone used racial slurs at Jeff Allen. I'd like to see some proof.

Having said that, I'd like to see some more respect from MD fans, of which I am one and have been since I started there in 1980. I just hope these incidents are untrue.

Posted by: mdterps84 | January 23, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Don't fall into the trap of the Virginia Tech media machine (aka WaPo). Virginia Tech is irrelevant on the national stage (in EVERY SPORT) and the best way to get some press is to accuse Maryland fans of being racist & rude. A Maryland fan screamed a racial obscenity? Are you KIDDING me? Have you ever been to College Park? Maryland is one of the most racially diverse places in AMERICA and something like that would not be tolerated by people of ANY RACE at UMd.

And as far as football goes... Hey great job, you guys win the ACC every year. Do you want a cookie? Wake Forest won the freakin' ACC a few years back. I have news for you... THE ACC SUCKS IN FOOTBALL. The Terps have more national championships in football than Va Tech BTW.

I don't mind fans who brag when their teams WIN SOMETHING... But jeez this is starting to sound a lot like the Eagles fans...

Posted by: IReadTheBaltimoreSunWhenIWantToReadGoodSportsWriting | January 23, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

i've got a "hard object" for delaney's mom

Posted by: slick3 | January 23, 2011 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Looking at these comments from Maryland fans it is hard for an unbiased mind to say this report in untrue. All this jealousy towards V Tech for the post coverage is hilarious. You think people in DC care more about UMD than VT? You guys couldn't fill your stadium for football and Tech came here for their biggest regular season game.

Posted by: devo24 | January 23, 2011 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Maryland has a tough time filling their football stadium because we have two pro sports franchises within thirty miles of campus. Additionally, a large majority of DC Metro area residents are transplants who came to this area for work. If you don't think there is a correlation, please look at teams located near Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Chicago, Detroit etc...

VaTech can fill their stadium because there is NOTHING TO DO IN BLACKSBURG BESIDES GO TO VA TECH GAMES. Blacksburg is a suburb of Roanoke aka it is in the middle of nowhere and when you are done working at the "mill" you can go cash your enemployment check, buy some moonshine, put in a lipper (chewing tobacco) and THEN go to a Hokies game.

We are not jealous of your team because YOU HAVE NEVER WON A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN ANY SPORT. Your team has a history of thugs (Mike Vick, Markus Vick etc...) and you are nationally irrelevant. Nobody cares about Va Tech... Hence why Malcolm Delaney says that Maryland fans assaulted his mother in order to garner some media attention.

And by the way, PLEASE come back with a "Maryland is irrelevant in football" because I'd love to remind you how you became the laughinstock of college football when you lost to James Madison (who wasn't even a good I-AA) team this year.

Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

Posted by: IReadTheBaltimoreSunWhenIWantToReadGoodSportsWriting | January 23, 2011 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Hey, if you don't want to be accused of being rude, then behave yourself at basketball or football games.

Or, you could prove the accusation by being rude.

Most fans are well-behaved, but there are always a few knuckleheads who misbehave and give their school a bad name.

Posted by: Benson | January 23, 2011 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I've read somewhere that VT has the second largest alumni base in the DC area behind Maryland, so would make sense to cover them in the Post.

Posted by: gss11 | January 24, 2011 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Sadly, this isn't even the first mother of a player who has has been hit by stuff. What the heck is wrong with these MD fans?

Posted by: Corn_Laden | January 24, 2011 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Unsubstantiated RUMORS. Nothing was thrown. It's about as realistic as a Terps fan saying a "racial slur" at a basketball game. Come on people.

No proof.

Don't believe it.

Didn't happen.

The DC area has a tame fan base (Nationals, Wizards, Redskins) and the only team in the area that makes opposing teams (and fans) feel uncomfortable is the University of Maryland. So what do the elitist DC metro fans say...?

They throw stuff!!!

They say mean things!!!


This isn't 11 & Under youth basketball.

It's BIG TIME Division 1 Basketball. I LOVE the Maryland basketball fans. And you know who else does? Other Maryland fans! And you know who else does? GARY WILLIAMS!!! And you know who else does???? ALL OF OUR PLAYERS!!!

So if you don't like it, STAY AWAY!!!

Posted by: IReadTheBaltimoreSunWhenIWantToReadGoodSportsWriting | January 24, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

"If you don't like it, stay away." An ironic statement from someone who hasn't stopped complaining about this site's coverage of sports.

I could give you the very same advice about where you choose to get your sports news. If you don't like the way the Post is covering it, "STAY AWAY!!!"

Posted by: LAHokie22 | January 24, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse



Unfortunately I like to read multiple sources to get my information. It gives me credibility because I am able to read about how different people view certain items. After I read multiple sources I like to make my own decision. What a weird concept...

By the way I'd like to you to read a FACTUAL website...

It's the weirdest thing... When you have a GOOD team they win something called a "national championship". Something the University of Maryland has done a LOT.

I tried doing the same thing for Virginia Tech but all I was able to find was this...

I didn't even know there was such a thing as College Bass Fishing!!!

Way to go Hokies!!!!!

Posted by: IReadTheBaltimoreSunWhenIWantToReadGoodSportsWriting | January 24, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

The easiest defense for a fan of an irrelevant sports franchise is always to look at history. Cool, the Terps have won National Championships. The Redskins have won 3 Super Bowls, so by your logic they are a GOOD football team, right? Since joining the ACC, VT's record against Maryland in basketball is 5-4, and the Terps have finished with a better record only twice. But because we've never won a National Championship we aren't good? That logic seems slightly flawed...

Posted by: LAHokie22 | January 24, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

You are dead on.

I would rather have 100 losing records and ONE national championship than 100 winning records and zero national championships.

But then again... since you guys have never won ANYTHING I wouldn't really expect you to understand.

Are you really bragging about finishing higher in the regular season standings??? Do you print out those results and hang them next to your "participation trophies" that you received as an athlete???

Maybe you can brag about team GPA, graduation rates or freshmen retention rates...


Posted by: IReadTheBaltimoreSunWhenIWantToReadGoodSportsWriting | January 24, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I suppose I'd rather have a good team this year than one that had a single good year in 1953.

It's unfortunate that the Va Tech's defense wasn't quite as good as normal this past year, when the offense was quite good. I think we'll find that corrected over the next year or two, but it will be interesting to see if they can put together a high-performing offense without Tyrod.

Posted by: Benson | January 25, 2011 7:29 AM | Report abuse

I would rather have 100 losing records and ONE national championship than 100 winning records and zero national championships.


I think that's a quote from the book "Things Loser's Say."

Posted by: Benson | January 25, 2011 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, the correct title for the book is:

"Things Losers Say."

Posted by: Benson | January 25, 2011 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey Benson,

Why don't we agree to disagree.

Like I said in my previous posts, I will rest on our achievements of DOZENS of national championships. You can agree that Maryland has won more A LOT more national championships than Va Tech.

Virginia Tech can rest on their reputation of a) Losing in bowl games b) Not making the NCAA tournament in basketball c) Dogfighting d) Head coaches with Goiters e) Having a student body comprised of UVa rejects f) Stomping on opposing players heads on national television.

The funny thing about all of this is that I can't say ANYTHING to Duke or UNC or Florida State fans... They have actually WON something. Meanwhile the Hokies are "good" at one sport... BUT I didn't realize good teams lost to 1-AA teams.


Posted by: IReadTheBaltimoreSunWhenIWantToReadGoodSportsWriting | January 25, 2011 10:47 PM | Report abuse

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