Two American basketball players stabbed in combat in Romania

People wave Romanian national flags during a demonstration to protest against the government in August 2018. It was said that the state of one of the players was

Two American basketball players were stabbed during a fight in eastern Romania.

Darrell Bowie, 24, and Joseph McClain, 25, were attacked in the city on Saturday night as they left with several teammates.

Both men, who signed for ACS Cuza Sport de Braila last month, were taken to a local hospital where they were operated.

People wave Romanian national flags during a demonstration to protest against the government in August 2018. It was said that the condition of one of the players was "unpredictable" and that he was airlifted to the capital to receive additional treatment.

Bowie's condition, which suffered puncture wounds in the neck and abdominal area, was said to be "unpredictable."

He was flown to the capital to receive additional treatment, a spokesman for the hospital in Braila told the Agerpres agency.

McClain is in stable condition. He was stabbed in the left lung and remains in the intensive care unit.

The ACS Cuza Sport de Braila said that the athletes and their teammates were attacked for no reason or because of a previous conflict.

He said that eight to nine individuals pounced on the basketball players, hitting them, throwing chairs and stabbing them with a knife.

The police have opened an investigation and will study surveillance images.

In 2011, Chauncey Hardy, 23, who played for CSS Giurgiu at that time, died after being attacked during an altercation at a nightclub.

His attacker was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2013.

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