"I think, for one thing, if most people put themselves in that situation, they might react the same way," the Toronto Raptors
guard said Thursday. "A lot of talk was saying that she took the bait or whatever, and I donít see it like that. I think taking the bait is if somebody elbows you or yells at you, and you react. I think she was in a situation where she had to defend [herself]."
In the incident, Parker and Detroit's Pienette Pienette Pierson got tangled up after a free throw, sending both to the floor. Pierson got up and got in Parker's face, before Parker pulled her to the ground and threw a punch. The fight escalated, with several members on each time getting involved.
Pierson was given a four-game ban, while Parker was handed a one-game suspension, considered to be ight by some observers.
"You obviously donít want to see anything like that happen," Parker said. "Thatís not who we are as a family, or what the WNBA is as a league. But in that situation, I think most people would react in the same way. I know I would.Ē