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Wizards ban supporter who ran onto court in 76ers game

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Wizards ban supporter who ran onto court in 76ers game

FAN TACKLED. Philadelphia 76ers center Dwight Howard looks on as security tackles a spectator on the court in the second half against the Washington Wizards during game four in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs.

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A fan faces charges after running onto the court in the NBA playoff game between the Wizards and Sixers

A fan who ran onto the court before being tackled by security during the NBA playoff game between Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, May 31 (Tuesday, June 1, Philippine time) will be banned from the Capital One Arena, Wizards owners Monumental Sports & Entertainment said.

Videos posted on social media showed the fan making his way to the court in the third quarter and jumping up to touch the backboard before being tackled to the ground by a security guard and led away.

Sixers center Dwight Howard was seen standing over the fan and potentially speaking to him for a few moments.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which also owns the arena, said the fan could face criminal charges.

“During this evening’s game, a fan was apprehended by Capital One Arena Special Police after attempting to breach the court. He will be banned from the arena and charges are being pursued with DC MPD,” the statement read.

The conduct of fans has been an issue for the NBA lately, with several spectators hit with indefinite bans for “completely unacceptable” behavior towards players and their families in separate incidents last week.

A Boston Celtics fan was arrested and banned from TD Garden after throwing a water bottle at Kyrie Irving after Sunday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets. The fan has since been charged with felony assault and battery.

A New York Knicks fan spat on Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young last Wednesday and earned a ban from Madison Square Garden. And on the same night, a Philadelphia 76ers fan dumped popcorn on Russell Westbrook at Wells Fargo Center as he was heading into the locker room with an injury. – Rappler.com