Emeka Okafor Celebrates First Wizards Win by Catching Falling Fan

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterNovember 29, 2012

DALLAS, TX - NOVEMBER 14:  Emeka Okafor #50 of the Washington Wizards at American Airlines Center on November 14, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.  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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Washington Wizards finally won a game and nearly killed someone in the process. 

Granted, it's not as sinister as all that. An overzealous fan tried to shake Emeka Okafor's hand and nearly fell from the stands, reminding the nation that it's just not worth shaking Okafor's hand. 

The Washington Post reports the Wizards center, who had six points and eight rebounds in the team's only win this season, was heading to the locker room after the game and noticed something rather peculiar. 

He was falling over and I saw the guy. He was smiling the whole time. Before I got there he had stopped himself. I just helped put him back into the stands.

Yes, it seems the Wizards star who should have been sipping on champagne after going 12 games without a win was instead playing the part of superhero, sort of. 

The video provided at The Washington Post makes it seem like the lucky fan would have fallen all of about eight feet, still a scary proposition. 

So, what caused such lunacy? It seems the fan was so caught up in the moment that he got carried away with trying to give dap to Okafor. 

I was just so excited about the first win of the season that I leaned over too far. I didn’t realize [Okafor] was too far away.

See what happens when you fly too close to the sun?

This is not the first time an athlete has played superhero this month. 

Not far away, Martellus Bennett was busy catching a falling fan after the New York Giants dismantled the Green Bay Packers last weekend. 

My advice would be to appreciate your heroes from afar, because there is no sense in falling over a balcony just because you wanted to slap a sweaty hand. 

Because some of these athletes are known to drop things more than catch them. 

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