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  Kermit Washington - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Washington is best remembered for punching opposing player Rudy Tomjanovich during an on-court fight on December 9, 1977.
Despite the incident, Washington had an otherwise good reputation, and it was often stated at the time that he was being used as a scapegoat for the NBA's recurring problems with violence.
Since retiring in 1983, Washington has run restaurants and is a founder and operator of a number of charitable organizations.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Kermit_Washington   (722 words)

 Dan Patrick:Lasting Impact
Twenty-five years ago, Kermit Washington landed a right hook on Rudy Tomjanovich so grotesque that it will forever be ingrained in the minds of anyone who either witnessed it firsthand or has seen video of what happened that night.
Kermit Washington lands a near-fatal punch on Rudy Tomjanovich.
Washington, an African-American, punched a white man. And in 1977, if roles were reversed, public perception of the incident may have been dramatically different.
espn.go.com /talent/danpatrick/s/2002/1209/1474034.html   (702 words)

 The Punch: One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever - PowerBookSearch!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Washington's personal life has been a bit rockier; he feels backwash from the incident has kept him from securing an NBA coaching job, but, on balance, his postfight career, like Tomjanovich's, is hardly the stuff of tragedy.
Washington was an average player for the Lakers, 6 foot 8, and one of six athletes in the history of the NCAA to be both an academic all-American and a basketball all-American.
Kermit Washington grew up in Washington, D.C., was tall and awkward, and after sitting on the bench his senior year of high school, almost miraculously received a scholarship to American University, where he became an all-American player.
www.powerbooksearch.com /booksearch0316735639.html   (2149 words)

 washingtonpost.com: Finding Purpose and Delivering Relief
Kermit Washington had gone back to American University on many occasions over the years -- the night they retired his basketball jersey, the times he needed a gym to run his clinics for aspiring players.
Washington was staggered by the conditions of the camp he visited in Goma, Zaire.
Washington decided to recast the 6th Man Foundation he had created to address local issues in Oregon to give it a more global focus.
www.washingtonpost.com /ac2/wp-dyn/A18730-2004Oct8?language=printer   (1352 words)

 CNNSI.com - SI Online - This Week's Issue of Sports Illustrated - flashback: Shattered and Shaken - Sunday July 23, ...
Twenty-three games later, his teammate, Washington, whirled and landed what Laker Assistant Coach Jack McCloskey called "the hardest punch in the history of mankind" on Tomjanovich, who was running to mediate a fight between Washington and Houston's Kevin Kunnert.
Washington was fined $10,000 and suspended for at least 60 days.
For all his reputation as one of the strongest, most dangerous customers in the game, off the court Washington is a gentle, sensitive, family man who is popular with both teammates and opponents.
sportsillustrated.cnn.com /features/flashback/cuw/washington   (1037 words)

 Sports: Thrower of the punch gets a job
Washington's punch fractured Tomjanovich's skull, jaw and other facial bones, putting him in the hospital for 15 days.
Washington, now 53 and 27 years removed from the defining incident of his life, has finally received another chance.
Washington is cautious about not making this opportunity sound bigger than it is, but he's hopeful it could lead to an NBA job.
www.sptimes.com /2005/01/30/news_pf/Sports/Thrower_of_the_punch_.shtml   (455 words)

 DVD: The Punch: One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever $0.01
In 1977, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington became entwined in a single рunсh that would change not only their lives, but hоw professional basketball is played today.
He was met by Kermit Washington's fist, whiсh delivered one of the most ferocious punches еvеr seen in sports.
Washington was an average player for the Lakers, 6 foot 8, and one оf six athletes in the history of the NСАА to be both an academic all-American and а basketball all-American.
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 Chapter Excerpt: The Punch by John Feinstein   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
On that night Washington's weight was down to 222, the result of hours of tireless off-season rehab work he had done after undergoing knee surgery the previous season.
Washington had already left, escorted by security and by Dr. Robert Kerlan, the Lakers' senior team doctor, who went back to the locker room with him to examine his hand.
While Tomjanovich was being taken to the hospital, Kermit Washington sat on a table in the empty Lakers locker room as Dr. Kerlan put stitches in his hand.
www.twbookmark.com /books/46/0316279722/chapter_excerpt15933.html   (3795 words)

 Washingtonpost.com: Live Online
Kermit Washington was a solid, improving role player for the Lakers.
Kermit bounced from Los Angeles to Boston to San Diego to Portland and had a solid and good career, but was then and still is now associated with this one moment.
What Kermit has to be blamed for is that if you look at the tape, he turned and has time to see that Rudy's arms are down, and he still followed through with this devastating punch.
discuss.washingtonpost.com /zforum/03/sp_book_feinstein112202.htm   (3314 words)

 NBA.com: NBA TV Presents Kermit Washington Documentary
An All-America, a scholar and a humanitarian, Washington was on the threshold of NBA greatness when as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers he hit Houston Rockets star Rudy Tomjanovich in a game with a devastating blow that not only shattered Tomjanovich’s face, but also damaged Washington’s reputation forever.
After the incident and subsequent suspension, Washington was practically sent into what the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar calls “exile.” He was traded later that season to the Boston Celtics and eventually sent to the San Diego Clippers.
Kermit was the public relations disaster that the NBA was never prepared to deal with.
www.nba.com /news/washington_060412.html?rss=true   (797 words)

 The shot to a player's head heard round the sports world
In addition, Feinstein presents readers with nicely woven biographies of Washington and Tomjanovich, and these tales show a pair of men who, despite different backgrounds, were surprisingly similar in their approach to the game: a passion and a work ethic hard to find in today's "it's all about the benjamins" athletes.
Washington grew up in a broken home in inner-city Washington, D.C. He was skinny, tall, shy and had little in the way of basketball skills.
Even as decades passed and Washington and Tomjanovich attempted to move along their respective careers without looking back, they were trapped by a press and public that wouldn't let them forget what happened in 1977.
sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2002/12/08/RV229345.DTL   (877 words)

 The Punch: One Night, Two Lives and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever - Book Review By D.J. Boyer - The NBA on ...
Kermit Washington and Rudy Tomjanovich have one moment they think about and while their roles couldn’t have been more different, the lingering effects have taken its toll on both men.
Washington sensing danger, turns and lands a punch flush to the face of Tomjanovich (as seen on the cover of the book).
Washington was never known as a dirty player or a fighter and almost anyone who has ever met him can back that up with a glowing testimonial about his character.
www.sportznutz.com /nba/special_editions/the_punch.htm   (738 words)

 The punch still packs a wallop Sporting News, The - Find Articles
When something told Kermit Washington he was about to be attacked from the rear, he wheeled and threw a punch.
The recent Rick Fox-Doug Christie dustup, in which those fools began a fight on court and continued it in an arena corridor, is small potatoes alongside the old-time NBA wars.
Washington, after serving a 60-day suspension (with Stern then serving as NBA counsel), would play three more full seasons, the best of his career.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m1208/is_45_226/ai_94334802   (798 words)

 AllSports' NBA News - The Punch: One Night, Two Lives, And The Fight That Changed Basketball Forever   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Washington claims Kunnert threw two elbows at his head and Jabbar held both of Kunnert’s arms to keep a fight from starting, but Kunnert was hit by a punch from Washington that sent him to the ground.
Kermit Washington had a past history as an inner city kid and in the NBA that said you protect yourself first and worry about who’s behind you second.
Kermit Washington had the same problem because he was and still is forever known as the thug that nearly killed a man by throwing one punch.
www.allsports.com /cgi-bin/showstory.cgi?story_id=37776   (2300 words)

 USATODAY.com - NBDL gives Washington a chance   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Washington is forever linked to his infamous punch to the face of Rudy Tomjanovich in a 1977 game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets.
In a typical physical game at the time, Washington was embroiled in a tussle with Rockets forward Kevin Kunnert when he noticed Tomjanovich, who sprinted from the bench to break up the fight, out of the corner of his eye.
Washington later sued the NBA for $5 million to no avail, saying he was "flballed" from coaching.
usatoday.com /sports/basketball/nbdl/2005-01-27-washington-hired_x.htm   (367 words)

 JS Online:Reliving fight that changed the game
Kermit Washington retired in 1982, a year after Tomjanovich, and coached briefly on the college level.
Least interesting are the chapters detailing the growing-up years (young Rudy in Hamtramck, Mich., young Kermit in Washington, D.C.), the successful college careers (Rudy at the University of Michigan, Kermit at American University, where he was an academic all-American as well as a sports all-American), the first seasons in the NBA.
The failure of Washington's restaurant, which left him in debt, and the collapse of his marriage seem to have made the millstone of Dec. 9, 1977, hang even heavier around his neck.
www.jsonline.com /enter/books/nov02/94152.asp   (1362 words)

 The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Rudy and Kermit were both basketball players on the upswing of their careers when Kermit pummeled Rudy and dislodged his skull slightly.
Kermit's was in Washington D.C., but on the bad side of town.
Kermit lived some of his life without his parents and Rudy was embarrassed when he had to wheel the welfare cart home.
nths.newtrier.k12.il.us /library/reviewslist/feinstein.htm   (188 words)

 USATODAY.com - New start from old wounds   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Washington, then a 26-year-old, 6-8 power forward, feeling someone rushing up behind him, turning and delivering a frightful right-hand punch that basically shattered Tomjanovich's face and left him lying motionless in a pool of blood.
Washington, who retired in 1982, is 51 and has struggled in recent years, losing a lot of money on several business ventures, going through a divorce, failing to land what he says he is perfect for — an assistant coaching position in the NBA.
Washington is not sure where or when a career break might come.
usatoday.com /sports/ccovtue.htm   (1659 words)

 ESPN.com: NBA - Wounds have healed between Washington, Tomjanovich
Washington recommended to Tomjanovich a player he found while consulting last season in China.
Tomjanovich believes it is time for the label on Washington to be lifted, the Houston Chronicle reported from Oakland in its Friday editions.
Washington said he never will escape his image.
espn.go.com /nba/news/2002/0823/1421774.html   (218 words)

 Bookreporter.com - THE PUNCH: One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever by John Feinstein
Moreover, Washington's bizarre behavior immediately after the punch --- he is remorseless and, incredibly, ready to go after Tomjanovich again, near the locker rooms --- doesn't help.
It was not until Washington left the arena that he finally understood he had done something very wrong.
The punch changed things, and Feinstein provides sad details of a life gone off course, including an attempt to extort five million dollars from the NBA, and the taking of a polygraph test to prove he was not the instigator in the events immediately preceding the punch.
www.bookreporter.com /reviews/0316279722.asp   (874 words)

 NBA TV tells Kermit's story - Sports - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Drafted by the Lakers, Washington developed slowly in the NBA while gaining a reputation as an "enforcer" because of his chiseled 6-foot-9, 225-pound body and his aggressive play.
Reflexively, Washington turned and smashed him in the face with a devastating right hand that broke several bones and virtually turned Tomjanovich's face into Silly Putty.
Washington is shown working with children in Africa who desperately need attention and a role model.
www.washtimes.com /sports/20060416-123336-8443r.htm   (705 words)

 Flak Magazine: Review of The Punch, 12.19.02
Washington's punch shattered most of the bones in Tomjanovich's face and actually knocked the top half of his skull out of alignment with the bottom half.
By the end of the book, Feinstein has established that Washington's version of the fight — that it was started when the Rockets' Kevin Kunnert elbowed Washington in the face, then punched him — is open to debate and interpretation.
Because of that triumph, in the last 50 pages of "The Punch" Washington is transformed — without any judgment from Feinstein — from a sympathetic figure unfairly punished for a single accidental act to a pitiable figure unable to accept responsibility for his actions 25 years ago.
flakmag.com /books/punch.html   (1551 words)

 Leading Off: Forgiveness and Being a Storyteller
It was 25 years ago today that the LA Lakers' Kermit Washington during an on-court scuffle during a game against the Houston Rockets turned and blindly swung his right hand and connected to the face of all-star forward Rudy Tomjanovich who was running in to break up the fight.
While Rudy T. and Kermit both participated in the writing of "The Punch" the two have had very little contact with one another over the years and did not meet together even during Feinstein's research...
Washington was the first to arrive, still looking like the power forward that played for the Lakers, Celtics, Clippers and Trailblazers...
www.sportsshooter.com /news/821   (2053 words)

 Kermit Washington
Kermit Washington's 78/79 San Diego Clippers home jersey.
Washington, a 6'8'' forward from American University, played 10 NBA seasons.
Washington was a relentless rebounder and always played with lots of heart.
www.dickscourtroom.com /washington.htm   (31 words)

 Kermit Washington basketball camp -- American University Eagles
Word is that AU and big Kermit are teaming up to host a basketball camp for Washington metro area kids in June.
The camp will be highlighted by a free, open to the public all-star game on Saturday, June 14th at 2pm in Bender with a slam dunk contest (yikes!) to follow at 4pm.
Former AU standout basketball player Kermit Washington '73 will serve as host of the Pre-Draft Camp Game on Saturday, June 14, at 2 p.m.
www.voy.com /92596/71.html   (619 words)

 Kermit Washington Named NBDL Asheville Assistant Coach - OurSports Central
Washington replaces Michael Sanders, who accepted a position with the NBA Player’s Association after 3½ seasons with the Altitude.
Washington is also the founder of Project Contact, which in conjunction with his alma mater American University where he was a two-time Academic All-American, provides help to those who need it in the form of medical clinics and orphanages in East Africa.
Washington, who will report to Asheville next week, is one of seven NBDL coaches (of 12) who played in the NBA.
www.oursportscentral.com /services/releases?id=3120749   (639 words)

 Asheville, NC Area News for the North Carolina Mountains: 01/28/05 News
WASHINGTON TO ASHEVILLE: Kermit Washington, a 10-year NBA veteran as a player, has been named to the assistant coaching position for the Asheville Altitude.
GREENVILLE, SC (AP) -- Kermit Washington is the new assistant coach of the Asheville Altitude of the National Basketball Development League.
Former Laker forward Kermit Washington made news after being hired as an assistant coach for the Asheville (NC) Altitude of the NBA's development league.
www.ashevillechamber.com /2005/01/012805-news.html   (751 words)

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