NBA Fan Tackled After Storming Court During 76ers-Wizards Game

Continuing the series of NBA fans behaving badly, a fan was tackled as he attempted to run onto the court during Game 4 of the Wizards-76ers series in Washington.

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 31: Dwight Howard #39 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks down at a fan who ran onto the court and was tackled by security in the third quarter of Game Four of the Eastern Conference first round series against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on May 31, 2021 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

The man, who was apprehended and banned from the arena, didn’t get far. He was tackled by the legs and then restrained by a security guard along the baseline with Washington up 80-74 late in the third quarter. Monumental Sports & Entertainment tweeted that charges are being pursued with DC MPD.

This is another example of an NBA fan acting out during the playoffs. A Celtics fan was also arrested after throwing a water bottle at Nets star Kyrie Irving on Sunday. Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young was spat on at Madison Square Garden, and Wizards’ Russell Westbrook had popcorn dumped on him in Philadelphia.

Grizzlies guard Ja Morant’s parents said they were berated by Jazz fans with vulgar and racist remarks during their series, the New York Post reports.

All of the fans believed to be involved in these prior incidents have been banned indefinitely by the arenas in which they took place.

Written by Megan Turner

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  1. I blame social media. Nobody wants to be the audience anymore, everyone wants to be the speaker. Nobody wants to be the fan in the stands, everyone wants to be a participant. People don’t know or don’t respect boundaries.

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