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Isiah Thomas Slams ESPN for Dragging Up Memory of Karl Malone Elbowing Him in the Face

Isiah Thomas did not appreciate ESPN marking the anniversary of this painful 1991 highlight.
Isiah Thomas did not appreciate ESPN marking the anniversary of this painful 1991 highlight.

If you've ever played a game of organized basketball, you've likely experienced the anger, pain, and outrage that comes with being fouled unnecessarily hard.

Now, imagine having that moment filmed by numerous cameras as you lay injured on the court in a bloody mess. Well, this is the reality for Hall of Fame NBA point guard Isiah Thomas, who did not take kindly to seeing ESPN marking the 28th anniversary of the time he got brutalized by the way, WAY bigger Karl Malone in a 1991 Pistons-Jazz matchup.

As this clip makes more than clear, Thomas's eye immediately started bleeding from the hard shot, and his teammates quickly attempted to get their revenge on Malone for the indiscretion. Thomas would need 40 stitches to close the wound, and this incident was likely a memory he wanted to forget; it's no surprise that Thomas took to Twitter to express his displeasure with the Worldwide Leader for reposting the ugly incident.

Interestingly enough, this highlight was posted just a day after the anniversary of another famous game involving Thomas.

While Zeke may take offense to the memorializing of the incident that led to his 40 stitches, it's probably safe to assume that ESPN meant no real harm by posting the clip 28 years to the day after it occurred -- but lesson learned.