WNBA player Diana Taurasi found an interesting way to diffuse the tension after engaging in a scuffle with opponent Seimone Augustus. The Phoenix Mercury star kissed Augustus on the cheek, and was whistled for a foul in the process.
Taurasi, 31, led her Mercury teammates into a Thursday night playoff game with the Minnesota Lynx, Fox Sports reports. The fourth quarter of the Western Conferences Finals matchup turned physical when Taurasi bumped Augustus.
The WNBA players went face to face, and it looked as though a fight was imminent -- until Taurasi kissed Augustus on the cheek, drawing laughter from the game’s announcers. “They’ve been playing against each other since they were 10 and 12 years old,” the ESPN announcer said after Taurasi’s kiss.
As it turns out, Taurasi and Augustus know each other well. The WNBA stars have been facing off on the basketball court for years, and were teammates on the U.S. women’s national team, the Huffington Post notes. Taurasi’s kiss was simply a way of diffusing a heated situation with a friend.
Still, the game’s referee didn’t see it that way. Taurasi and Augustus were issued personal fouls over the incident. "As far as me and Diana and the tango dance that we had, I always say she just wanted some of my deliciousness," Augustus jokingly told reporters after the game, as reported by the Huffington Post.
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Taurasi also laughed off the incident. “It was just trying to make sweet love,” the Mercury star told reporters. “That’s about it.”
The former University of Connecticut star’s kiss was a small blip on an otherwise forgettable performance. Taurasi’s Mercury lost Game 1 of the WNBA Western Conference Finals in an 85-62 blowout.
The video of Taurasi’s kiss can be viewed below.