Man calls 911 to report foul in Loudoun Co. pickup basketball game

STERLING, Va. — It’s not a typical cops and courts case: A player in a pickup basketball game in Loudoun County called 911 to report being fouled hard.

At LA Fitness in the Dulles Town Center on Monday, during a spirited game between friends and acquaintances — without a referee present — one player sought the help of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

A sheriff’s deputy responded, and, the crowd — on Twitter — went wild.

Thomas Mulabah was one of the players in the game.

“It was like 12-12,” Mulabah told NBC Washington. “The game is on the line — everything is high emotions.”

One player, after getting fouled, said he was going to call police.

“Everybody started laughing, we’re looking around, we’re like, ‘He’s not gonna call the cops,” Mulabah said. “He’s usually a tough guy, so I expect him to get up. He got up, but he walked outside,”

Within minutes, a sheriff’s deputy arrived at the gym, to investigate what the sheriff’s incident report described as an assault.

According to the report, obtained by the Huffington Post, both players admitted fouling each other, and said they didn’t want to file reports.

“Management gave subjects one more chance to keep the game civil, if not they will both be removed from the gym for the day,” the incident report concluded.

Mulabah said the player who called 911 was likely caught up in the emotion of the game.

“He’s a good guy — I know him very well,” Mulabah said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re getting paid to play sports, people play basketball in any rec center like they’re getting paid for it.”

Neal Augenstein

Neal Augenstein has been a reporter at WTOP since 1997. Through the years, Neal has covered many of the crimes and trials that have gripped the region. Neal's been pleased to receive awards over the years for hard news, feature reporting, use of sound and sports.

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