The 11th Frame: ‘The most controversial, emotionally-charged, confrontational televised moment in PBA history'

2011-06-16T23:30:00Z 2011-06-21T13:47:27Z The 11th Frame: ‘The most controversial, emotionally-charged, confrontational televised moment in PBA history'JEFF RICHGELS | The Capital Times | jrichgels@madison.com madison.com

Update: Jason Belmonte has issued a statement that is posted on PBA.com here.


After watching the clip of what happened between Sean Rash and Jason Belmonte during the soon-to-air GEICO PBA Team Shootout, I find it impossible to believe that no one sent me a text, an email, a Facebook message, called me about it, or mentioned it to me.

That includes during a PBA Regional the weekend after the Team Shootout shows were taped.

And that includes Rash, who joined a group of us for a visit to a Chicago area casino last Sunday night after the finals of Woody Demma's Grand Boot Hill.

PBA's Jason Thomas guaranteed that it's "absolutely the most controversial, emotionally-charged, confrontational televised moment in PBA history."

When he made that guarantee I had not seen the video clip of the incident that is contained in this later PBA news release by Thomas.

Once you see it, I am pretty certain you will agree that Thomas was not exaggerating.

It's even a hot enough topic to get the few remaining posters on the main PBA message board to talk about something other than limiting ball technology.

I first saw the clip on Monday, the day after seeing Rash. We exchanged a couple of texts about it, but I intentionally did not ask him anything substantial about it because I want to see the entire show and get the full context of what happened without having any set notions in my head about what happened.

There is more to the incident than what you see in the clip and I want to see it all before making any substantial comments.

It goes back to what happened between Belmonte and Brad Angelo during a TV show of the Dick Weber PBA Playoffs during the 2010-11 PBA Tour season.

The GEICO PBA Team Shootout shows air on ESPN June 25-26 and July 2-3. I'm not sure which show the incident will air on.

A PBA news release with a detailed schedule of the matches and air times is here.

 

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