Fan arrested after running onto court during Game 4 of Wizards-76ers playoff series

A man was tackled to the ground by security guards after running onto the court during the Washington Wizards’ 122-114 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in game 4 of their series on Monday, May 31, 2021.

As players rushed towards Washington’s basket in the third quarter, an intruder jumped onto the court and pretended to try to dunk. Security escorted the man, whose name has not been released, out of the arena and play resumed after the brief interruption.

Soon after the incident, the Wizards gave an update with a statement: “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.”

A similar incident happened on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Police arrested a Boston Celtics’ fan after he was seen throwing a water bottle that almost hit Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving as the players walked off the court.

Over the past week, fans have been indefinitely banned from NBA arenas for a series of unacceptable actions. Including a fan who used inappropriate language against Memphis guard Ja Morant’s family at Utah’s Vivint Arena, a fan who spat at Atlanta guard Trae Young at New York’s Madison Square Garden, and a fan who threw popcorn on Washington’s Russell Westbrook at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center.

 
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