Young Fan Runs onto Court Mid-Game to Hug Carmelo Anthony

Katie RichcreekFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2016


As far as fans intruding on the court goes, there are worse ways to do it.

This youngster ran onto the floor at the Smoothie King Center during the fourth quarter of the New York Knicks' 99-91 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night and quickly wrapped his arms around Carmelo Anthony.

The Knicks star appeared to receive the gesture warmly, affirming the kid with a pat on the head.

Update from Wednesday, April 6

Superdome/Smoothie King Center general manager Alan Freeman says that the arena has made some staff changes as a result of the incident, according to John Reid of

Then, there is a police officer stationed in that general area also, and he was not doing his job. So essentially what happened there is that you get two people who were not doing their responsibilities and that led to a black eye for us as the building operator.

So what we have done since then is first of all, we obviously replaced those two people who failed to do their jobs - the usher and the police officer.

Two additional police officers have been added down on the court to provide another line of defense between fans and the teams.

Reid also reported that the arena's usher staff had to go through more training recently to make sure this sort of thing doesn't happen again. That training included watching a video of a 1993 attack on former tennis star Monica Seles, who was stabbed by a fan who ran onto the court.

It's unfortunate that the incident cost people their jobs. However, it could have resulted in a serious injury, among other things. Now, the Smoothie King Center is taking the proper steps to improve its security.

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