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A Big Hoop-De-Do Over Chris Brown

R&B singer Chris Brown relaxes courtside at the University of Mary Washington, where he played basketball Tuesday. (Susannah Clark for the Mary Washington Bullet)Enlarge Image

An after-hours pickup basketball game turned into a gawker-crazed sideshow at the University of Mary Washington on Tuesday when it turned out that one of the players -- surprise! -- was Chris Brown.

The news spread quickly across the Fredericksburg, Va., campus, via Twitter, text and old-fashioned word-of-mouth, and soon a couple of hundred students gathered to stare at the most controversial figure in pop music, cavorting up and down the court of Goolrick Gym.
Ironic, considering the small public college is midway through White Ribbon Week, which raises awareness of domestic violence. The R&B singer, 19, is charged with battering girlfriend Rihanna in L.A. in February.

That was no turnoff for the dozens of students who clamored to shake hands with the star or get a photo. A shaky video of Brown's unimpressive game made it onto within hours.
"I had the courage to go up and ask for a hug," Ako Nagahama, a 19-year-old sophomore from Virginia Beach, told us. Brown complied with a smile, and then "everyone else lined up for a hug."

Sigh. Kids, what were you thinking?!? Nagahama admitted the whole episode evoked complex emotions. "Before the [Rihanna] incident, I was basically in love with him," she said. "I'm still his fan," but "it sucks he did that."

Even weirder, she said: the number of students standing around watching while making domestic-violence jokes within his earshot. (An organizer of the White Ribbon campaign quietly circulated through the room handing out pamphlets.)

But what was Brown doing there? The student-run newspaper The Bullet reports in Thursday's edition that the Tappahannock,Va., native came to Mary Washington with an old friend who is considering enrolling there.

By The Reliable Source  |  April 1, 2009; 5:30 PM ET
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dang-thought the headline said he was shot in Fredericksburg...

Posted by: Sam888 | April 2, 2009 7:50 AM | Report abuse

So how many women did he beat the snot out of while he was here? This guy is a vile and repulsive dirtbag and doesn't deserve the press or the attention that he's getting. Shame on you, Washington Post for even reporting this.

Posted by: h8-i95 | April 2, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Ok. tO da persOn abOve me. yu dOnt knO wat da hell yu talkinq bOut. chris brOwn is a qOOd persOn. ! hOp Off. he still makinq mOre mOney than yu will ever make. ya diqq. !

Posted by: dothello28 | April 2, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

So the guy might have beaten Rihanna, but that doesn't make him so crazy woman beater who is likely to just start beating women for no reason. Let the man have his day in court first, before everyone jumps on his back. Look he won't be the 1st person that has hit a woman and he damn sure won't be the last.......

Posted by: ENJOYA | April 2, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

This story illustrates the problem society has in their feelings about "since he has not been convicted I will say alleged" domestic violence. It is a real problem that I don't think is taken seriously.

Posted by: rlj1 | April 2, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

why does everybody all of a sudden hate chris?? i mean common these kind of things happen every day and nobody ever says things like this about them.. there are way worse people out ther. people who murder women rape them and everything else. lighten up on the poor guy !

Posted by: barkley_4ever | April 2, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

He he he. Y'all crack me up! Go ahead and defend the thug. Oh wait, I'm sorry -- the "alleged thug"! Chris Brown is one of the lowest forms of life on this planet. One of the few things actually worse than him, are the people that defend him and excuse his actions.

Posted by: h8-i95 | April 2, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

okayy raise your hand if you know Chris Brown perosnally.?

Yuhp yuhp thats what i thought..
first off no man should put his hands on a woman EVER under any circumstances
end of story..
but dont none of us know tha boyy all we know is whatt we see..
If you are so pissed at him then stop talking about him and don't listen to his music.
what he did was dead wrongg.. no wayy around that..
but don't judge someone you don't know cuz i'mm almost positive yur name aiint God..
have an opinion but don't judge

Posted by: Royalty14 | April 2, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: mea001 | April 2, 2009 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Stop lying to yourself! "A man should never hit a woman" You know that's a lie. Every man, woman and child. know that's a freakin' lie! It's about the music.


Posted by: SimbaBaby | April 4, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: juarezjose57 | April 4, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

First, of course he should be punished for his crime. Second his crime does not make him a pariah or diminish his talent, he had fans before and will continue to do so. He should get help but the public should also forgive. I wonder how many of the people speaking so vehemently against him have bought a ticket for a Roman Polanski(rapist)film, purchased an Amy Winehouse cd(drug abuser), watched a Terrance Howard movie (spousal abuse), seen Michael Richards performed (used "N" word), bought anything Naomi Campbell advertised (all around "Bad ITCH"). The point I am getting at is that the problem of domestic violence needs to be dealt with but don't be so quick to judge lest ye be judged!

Posted by: lr9ark | April 6, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

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