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    It was a foul on Jones.

    Was Jones the 'victim' of the foul or did he commit it?

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    Default Re: foul on

    He was the victim. 'Foul by' would make him the offender.

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    Default Re: foul on

    Thanks a lot TDOL.

    That's what I thought. Apparently, American basketball commentators don't use it that way and 'Foul on Henderson' to them means 'Henderson commiited a foul' or 'a foul committed by Henderson was called by the referee'.

    That's what a friend of mine who is a big basketball fan told me. You might want to double-check though.

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    Default Re: foul on

    I was thinking about football (soccer), where it would definitely mean he was the victim.

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    Default Re: foul on

    Different fouls for different games. Navi is correct; in basketball, a foul is called on the "perpetrator", or the player who made the error. Then the "victim" gets to make a foul shot.

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