A man had to be tackled to the ground by security after running onto the court during Monday’s Washington Wizards – Philadelphia 76ers playoff game in the latest example of NBA fans misbehaving.
Video of the incident posted to Twitter shows a man in a yellow shirt jumping to one of the hoops as if about to dunk, when a guard grabs his legs and knocks him to the ground.
An announcer of the game joked that the guard should be hired by a football team.
He said, “The Redskins better hire that man over there.”
“What a tackle from security there.”
The court intruder was soon escorted off the field and into the tunnel, as fans booed him.
The guard grabbed the man’s legs and grabbed him on the ground
Dwight Howard, of the Philadelphia 76ers, looked down at the man who was knocked to the ground by a guard during Monday’s game
A guard grabbed a fan running onto the field of a 76ers-Wizards playoff game Monday after trying to reach for the Wizards’ basket
The incident occurred after Philadelphia’s Seth Curry missed a three-pointer and Washington’s Rui Hachimura grabbed the rebound and gave a pass to Raul Neto.
As play moved to the other side of the field, an umpire stopped the action when he saw the guard tackle the intruder near Washington’s basket.
The man, whose name has not yet been released, is now being charged by Washington DC police and banned from Capitol One Arena.
It’s just the latest incident in a string of NBA fans harassing players in recent weeks.
The guard removed the spectator from the arena as fans booed him
On Sunday, a Celtics fan was arrested in Boston after he threw a water bottle that nearly hit Nets star Kylie Irving.
A 21-year-old man has been charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon over the incident that happened after the Nets star stomped on the Celtics logo at the end of Boston’s playoff loss to Brooklyn on Sunday.
The man has been identified as Cole Buckley of Braintree, Massachusetts. He was taken into custody minutes after the incident, wearing a green Celtics Kevin Garnett jersey. His arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday in Boston Municipal Court.
The bottle didn’t hit Irving, but it caught his eye, and he and several teammates stopped and spoke to the fan, who faces a lifelong suspension from TD Garden.
Irving spoke about the incident after the game.
“People just feel very entitled to this,” Irving said. “They paid for the tickets. Very well. I’m grateful they came to see a great performance. But we’re not in the theater. We don’t throw tomatoes and other random things at the people performing. It is too much. And it is a reflection on us as a whole.’
“It’s unfortunate that sport has come to this crossroads where many old ways are surfacing,” Irving, who played for the Celtics from 2017-19, said after the game.
“That’s been the case for a long time for entertainment with underlying racism and just treating people like they’re in a human zoo.
A fan threw a bottle to Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving (above) after the collision with the Boston Celtics
Cole Buckley was taken into custody minutes after the incident, wearing a green Celtics Kevin Garnett jersey. His arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday in Boston Municipal Court
Hawks’ Trae Young was spat on at Madison Square Garden last Wednesday and 76ers player Russell Westbrook had popcorn dumped on him on Tuesday.
The NBA warned in a statement Thursday that an enhanced code of conduct for fans “will be vigorously enforced to ensure a safe and respectful environment for all involved.”
“The return of more NBA fans to our arenas has created a lot of excitement and energy as the playoffs kick off,” the statement said, “but it’s critical that we all show respect for players, officials and our fellow fans.” .’
The National Basketball Players Association also said in a statement, “True fans of this game honor and respect the dignity of our players.”
“No real fan would try to harm them or invade their personal space,” it reads. “Those who have no side in our arenas. And their behavior is properly judged by the police as if it had occurred on a public road.’