Stephen Jackson can't catch a break this season.
After fighting a finger injury and a league fine for threatening Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka earlier this season, Jackson now finds himself on the wrong side of a right ankle injury caused by a courtside accident at Madison Square Garden.
The San Antonio Spurs guard took a normal shot in one of his favorite spots—the corner—but came up hobbling as the New York Knicks took the rebound to the other end.
Here's an account of what happened, per an Associated Press report:
Spurs forward Stephen Jackson has left San Antonio's game against the Knicks after spraining his right ankle when he crashed into a waitress working the sideline in front of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The report also goes into more detail about the way in which Jackson tweaked the ankle.
Jackson was hurt in the first quarter Thursday night when he shot a 3-pointer from the corner. The shot missed and he stepped backward out of bounds and onto the waitress, who was kneeling in front of courtside seats.
ESPN's Brian Windhorst also chimed in about one of the more freak accidents in the league this season via Twitter:
Spurs Stephen Jackson injured leg tripping over waitress taking Mayor Bloomberg's order. You know, the sort of mishap Twitter was made for— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 4, 2013
While certainly an accident, the oddity of the incident should raise questions about arena protocol for season ticket holders and fans alike that sit in premium seats.
Players are subjected to media, fans and personnel courtside in almost every venue, somewhat to the point of it being dangerous during a fast-break or loose-ball situation. Hopefully this incident prompts David Stern (or Adam Silver) to take a hard look at getting with both media and arena management to ensure something like this doesn't become more regular.
We'll continue to update Jackson's status as it becomes available. He did not return against the Knicks.
Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for B/R's Breaking News Team.