When the TSSAA evaluates the situation surrounding the fight that broke out Saturday at Brainerd High School shortly before halftime in the Panthers' basketball game against Austin-East, it may end up having visual documentation to go by.
Those in charge at Brainerd did not immediately think of the possibility of the gymnasium's security cameras providing visual evidence, which they now believe may help their case by turning that over to the state organization for review.
The only known injury that led to a hospital visit that stemmed from the brawl — which took place after an incident on the court that started when a Brainerd player was reportedly struck in the face by the ball by an Austin-East player — was to a Brainerd player.
Panthers coach Levar Brown confirmed to the Times Free Press that he suffered a swollen eye from a reported punch. He was treated and released Saturday from a local hospital.
This story was updated Jan. 29, 2018, at 10 p.m. to clarify that the injured Brainerd student was one of the players, according to a TSSAA letter to both schools.