Fan Arrested, Banned From Wizards' Arena After Running onto Court During Game 4

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJune 1, 2021

Philadelphia 76ers center Dwight Howard (39) watches as a fan who ran onto the court is restrained by security personnel during the second half of Game 4 in a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Washington Wizards, Monday, May 31, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
AP Photo/Nick Wass

A fan was arrested during the third quarter of Monday's NBA playoff game between the Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena.

The fan ran onto the floor near midcourt and jumped to touch the bottom of the backboard before he was tackled.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

A fan attempted to run on the court in the middle of Game 4 between the Sixers-Wizards pic.twitter.com/51pdBKOxwh

John Clark @JClarkNBCS

Where is security?<br><br>Fan ran down the steps onto the floor which is supposed to be for Covid tested fans only<br><br>Looks like all he wanted to do is tap the glass. Stupidity <br> pic.twitter.com/zVXEoV5H8H

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey showed the fan being arrested in the tunnel:

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers

🤡boy getting arrested pic.twitter.com/SWK89E6BDz

Monumental Sports and Entertainment announced the fan would be banned from the venue and that charges were forthcoming:

Monumental Sports &amp; Entertainment @MSE

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.

New Orleans Pelicans swingman Josh Hart and free-agent guard Jamal Crawford alluded to how this isn't the first such incident (warning: tweet contains profanity):

Josh Hart @joshhart

Fuck’s wrong with these fans man? It’s getting out of hand

🏁 Jamal Crawford @JCrossover

Oh some of these fans tripping, tripping huh..

A Boston Celtics fan, Cole Buckley, was arrested and charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon after he threw a water bottle toward Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving following Brooklyn's 141-126 win Sunday.

Similar scenes have played out at multiple arenas during the postseason.


The latest in the sports world, emailed daily.