Former Terp Kristi Toliver talks about elbowing Ketia Swanier

July 13, 2011|By Matt Vensel

Former Maryland women's basketball star Kristi Toliver made it on to "Pardon the Interruption" last week, but it wasn't for the kind of sharp shooting or the slick passing she showed while leading the Terps to the national title in 2006. It was for an elbow Toliver, now with theLos Angeles Sparks, delivered in a WNBA game.

Last Tuesday, Toliver hit Mercury guard Ketia Swanier in the eye with her elbow, causing blood to squirt from Swanier’s eye. Swainer hasn’t played since the incident, which came in a Phoenix victory.

Toliver was given a flagrant foul, but was not suspended. It didn’t look to be intentional -- at the very least it wasn’t malicious -- but the “cheap shot” was discussed byESPN's Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon.

“It's funny because as a team, we were about to watch film and ESPN was on before we popped in the DVD. It came on and we all saw it together. I couldn't believe it was a topic in the show,” Toliver recently told The Seattle Times.

“Seeing it, I was a little disappointed and a little upset because they were steering in that direction. … It was tough seeing it on national television, as far as me being a villain type.”

Toliver apologized to Swanier onFacebook. She said the incident was accidental and that she has never hit a person in her life.

“I couldn't even play with toy guns when I was little,” she said.

Here is the incident in question. You tell me: Cheap shot or not?

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