Zidane "headbutt" was not that bad after all

I'm sure we all saw the famous Zaidan headbutt at the 2006 Football Worldcup, and all the jokes they made about it.

However if you read the following NBA incident that happened in 1977 you will think that the Zaidan incident was a minor one. This famous incident was simply called "The Punch".

During a game on Dec. 9, 1977, Kermit Washington of the Lakers and Kevin Kunnert of the Rockets got into a fight.
Rudy Tomjanovich left the Houston bench and rushed to help his teammate, but as he arrived on the scene, Washington wheeled and delivered a crushing blow. The punch shattered most of the bones in Tomjanovich's face and actually knocked the top half of his skull out of alignment with the bottom half. He suffered a concussion and lacerations and was leaking spinal fluid into his nose.
Tomjanovich was hospitalized for weeks and missed the rest of the season. He returned the next year after five facial surgeries, but was never the same player. Tomjanovich sued the Lakers and won a $3.2.

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