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Video: Woman walks onto the court during Lakers-Nuggets Game 4

May 7, 2012, 12:54 AM EDT

You see this quite a bit in other sports, but you almost never see this in the NBA. Late in the first half of Sunday’s Game 4 between the Lakers and the Nuggets, a woman wandered onto the court, seemingly aimless in her intentions. Thankfully, security picked her up before she was able to make contact with anyone involved in the contest, and play resumed shortly without incident.

This person apparently had a history with the Denver Nuggets organization, as Craig Sager reported during the TNT telecast (as transcribed by Deadspin):

“The woman apparently randomly walking on to the floor. However this lady has a history with the Nuggets. I talked to a couple detectives, Detective Todd Eriksson who grabbed her and walked her off the court. Said several years ago she was found stalking, following several players, basically banned from the arena. She got in tonight. Taken off. Taken over to the security area back here where — where, supervisor of the police department, Sergeant Larry Subia, obviously handled the case.”

She was arrested and cited for trespassing, before being released.

Having been in many NBA arenas with an all-access media pass, I can tell you that overall, the security inside is far from what it should be. The majority of the people who would be the ones to stop you from gaining access to places where you don’t belong range from the elderly to the disinterested, with the majority of these folks being easily distracted.

Luckily, nothing came of this situation beyond the brief but embarrassing video clip you see above. But it should serve as a wake-up call to arena security around the league, especially as the playoffs progress to the point where the game’s biggest stars are involved, and the national television ratings are at their high point of the season.

  1. cosanostra71 - May 7, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    it was kind of odd. great game though

    • justsayinginco - May 7, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      No one is talking about this, but if you look closely, she switches something from her right hand to her left hand, and then right before she is grabbed by security, she tosses something towards the courtside seats that she obviously doesn’t want to be caught with. My guess is a syringe or something.

      • cosanostra71 - May 7, 2012 at 11:37 PM

        maybe, I don’t know. I read somewhere today that the police said she wasn’t intoxicated, just “disoriented”. Apparently she’s been caught stalking Kenyon Martin before. Sounds like she has some mental problems, hopefully she can get some help.

  2. patsfan1275 - May 7, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    If you are gonna “storm” the court, at least do something funny or memorable

  3. rosesacl - May 7, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    “this doesnt look like my kitchen…..where am it?”

  4. cheers4ablumpkin - May 7, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Where can I find the video of this

  5. mungman69 - May 7, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    It must have been in Philly

  6. mungman69 - May 7, 2012 at 5:42 AM

    It was not in Philly?

  7. thestudiokida - May 7, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Props to TNT for following up on the story. At a football or baseball game you’d have Joe Buck yelling, “That is deplorable. Absolutely deplorable actions by that fan.” But Steve Kerr and Marv Albert called for the replays and Craig Sager gave us the word from the lead police officer.

  8. crashdavis99 - May 7, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    She had “next”

  9. juanandonly24 - May 7, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    A woman near Kobe in Denver… this isn’t ending well.

    • Chris Fiorentino - May 7, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      She was walking funny too….hmmmmm. You might have something here.

  10. flyrocket31 - May 7, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    how did she get court side seats?

    • justsayinginco - May 7, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      She didn’t have a court side seat. There were no empty seats in that row. No idea who let her down that row though.

  11. fouldwimmerlaik - May 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    I personally think you should all cut her a break. Personally, if I were there and that close to Kobe, I would probably get delirious also and go wandering on the court incoherently mumbling. So, you really cannot blame her. Let he who is without KobeAwe cast the first stone!

  12. ambitoos - May 7, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    This was a harmless women but it could have been a vindictive person with a knife or gun. The league cannot let it’s players be so exposed. They evidently didn’t learn a thing when the Ron Artest thing happend. You don’t know what kind of screwball are in the stands. The players are too close to the fans in Basketball.

    • crashdavis99 - May 7, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      “They evidently didn’t learn a thing when the Ron Artest thing happend.” You know, your right about that. They didn’t learn a thing at all. They allowed him to stay in the league, change his name and now he’s passing out vicious elbows in L.A. like the’re candy. You can take the boy out of Indiana but you can’t take the Artest out of Ron. Just remember, not all the screwballs are in the stands!

    • justsayinginco - May 7, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      I can’t believe no one is talking about this. When I played the DVR back frame by frame, you can see her switching something small from her right hand to her left hand, and then, amazingly when no one is looking, throw something towards the courtside seats that she obviously doesn’t want to be caught with… drugs? syringe?

  13. drewzducks - May 7, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Kobe should have pulled a Mike Curtis and tackled her.

  14. lakerluver - May 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Crazy beeatch!!

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