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Fan runs on court to talk to Kyrie Irving, gets tackled, arrested by security (VIDEO)

Mar 1, 2014, 12:54 AM EDT

This is getting disturbing — three times in the past year a fan has gotten on the court in Cleveland. First there was the “LeBron come back guy” last season, then there was the guy who ran out wearing the Kyrie Irving don’t leave shirt earlier this season.

Friday night another person ran out on the court to talk to Irving. Fortunately he seemed to mean no arm but he was instantly tackled by security and was arrested.

For the record, Irving is not likely to leave Cleveland soon. This summer the Cavaliers can and will offer Irving a max contract extension, one that could go up to five years (although a frustrated Irving could demand an early opt out after three years). If they can’t agree on a deal Irving could be a 2015 restricted free agent, and if he wanted to pay for the qualifying offer he could be a free agent in 2016.

But nobody does that. All players who eventually forced their way out — LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard — took the first contract offer after their rookie deal. That is the first ultra big, set-the-family-up-for-generations money. Irving will do that as well.

What may be the bigger issue is people keep running on the court in Cleveland.

  1. therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 1, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Didn’t think Dan Gilbert could move that fast.

  2. retxedfred - Mar 1, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    I wonder what he was going to tell Kyrie?

  3. tn16 - Mar 1, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    That was a weak tackle

  4. mitchem85 - Mar 1, 2014 at 2:43 AM

    Lebron never ” forced his way out”, And to a lesser extent neither did D Howard. You don’t say a player who’s played out his full contract “forced his way out”. That’s Absurd. When you’re a unrestricted free agent after you finish your contract, there is nothing to “force your way out of” simply because you’re not signed by any team at that exact moment, therefor a free agent has nothing to force their way out of. Carmelo, on the other hand, he did force his way out but lebron should never be. Mentioned amongst that name.

    • phaden27 - Mar 1, 2014 at 2:53 AM

      Dwight forced his way out of Orlando during his contract. He signed with Houston during his free agency as a Laker.

    • cruzan80 - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:06 AM


      All Dwight & Carmelo did is not sign an extension with their current team. Because of what Lebron did to Cleveland, their teams were smart enough to trade them before they got nothing for them like Cleveland not nothing for Lebron.

      So no…Lebron didn’t “force his way out” but he is the very reason why no team is dumb enough to do what Cleveland did with Lebron again.

      • jw1991 - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:28 AM

        I’m too lazy to look up the info but i do think cleveland got a couple of first rounders and cash

      • doc305 - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:31 AM

        It was a sign and trade with Cleveland and Toronto, for Lebron and Bosh respectively. One team is currently third in the east, while the other is several games out of 8th place.. That alone is proof that good management and coaching can be the difference, not the actions of a single free agent.

      • chief0727 - Mar 1, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        I’m glad you brought that up Jw1991. The media and LeBron fans have forgotten that both Cleveland and Toronto executed sign and trade deals with Miami after Bosh and LeBron said they were going to Miami. This in actuality allowed james and Bosh to get MORE money and Cleveland and Toronto to receive some form of compensation. The Media always reports that they took substantially less—when in reality they are almost making max cotracts due to the sign and trades

      • borderline1988 - Mar 2, 2014 at 9:10 AM

        “That alone is proof that good management and coaching can be the difference, not the actions of a single free agent.”

        Colangelo and the Raptors are anything but an example of good management.
        Colangelo was awful. Sure, he made a couple of decent draft picks over his 6 years (Terrence Ross, Demar Derozan, acquiring Johnson). But this was the guy who:
        – drafted Bargnani #1 overall
        – traded their pick (Roy Hibbert) for Jermaine O’Neal
        – acquired Hedo Turkoglu (ughh)
        – let Bosh walk for essentially nothing
        – gave Landry Fields $24 million only to prevent the Knicks from getting Nash
        – then offered Nash $36 million!! Jesus Christ, that would have sent us back years.
        – He also extended Bargnani and wanted to keep him
        – traded for Rudy Gay and his albatross contract, which the Grizzlies were desperate to dump. And don’t forget, he actually gave up assets in that trade (an expiring Calderon, a young big in Ed Davis, and a 2nd rounder)
        – probably would have re-signed Gay to a long-term deal

        In hindsight, it’s amazing how lucky the organization is for Nash rejecting Colangelo, who then ‘settled’ for Kyle Lowry. That was one of the few good things to happen to the Raptors in a decade!

        It’s nice to see the Raptors in 3rd place, although it’s easy to forget how crappy the Eastern Conference is. The Raptors would be battling for the 8th or 9th spot in the West.

  5. stayhigh_247 - Mar 1, 2014 at 2:47 AM

    Mom & dad should be proud, he almost had a conversation with Kyrie.

  6. davidly - Mar 1, 2014 at 3:46 AM

    It’d only be disturbing if they fans in question meant harm. Otherwise, harmless.

  7. eugenesaxe1 - Mar 1, 2014 at 5:09 AM

    He just wanted to tell Kyrie to “Run far, run fast” from Cleveland.

  8. gameisours - Mar 1, 2014 at 5:53 AM

    Why would he mean any harm? When was the last time, a fan actually hurt one pro player (I really don’t know)? Nobody has the gutts to do that. Even politicians don’t get attacked frequently, I don’t understand why players would.

    • casualcommenter - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      “Yeah, nobody ever attacks politicians!” – John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, etc.

    • casualcommenter - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      You must be very young to think that “nobody has the guts” to attack random public figures.

      Go ask your dad to explain why the President bothers to have a Secret Service to protect him, and why famous actors/athletes hire expensive body guards.

      • jimeejohnson - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        World War I started because of a random attack on a politician. Those of us over 90 remember!

      • gameisours - Mar 1, 2014 at 1:29 PM

        @casualcommenter I used word ‘frequently’ not EVER. And you didn’t offer any real attack on sportsmen and sportswomen. Don’t know why you try to answer, if you can not read the question.

      • sellahh - Mar 1, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        An attack on a politician was an excuse for the WW I to start. I hope all the other 90 year olds aren’t as clueless as you are.

      • davidly - Mar 1, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        jimeej’s funny notwithstanding, the downing of the Archduke had as much to do with WWI as the Tonkin Incident Viet Nam and 911 Enduring Freedom. Alibis is all.

    • mackcarrington - Mar 2, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      Ever heard of Monica Seles?

  9. stadix093 - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    I can’t remember this happening to anyone else, and this is the third time for Kyrie. I don’t know if he wanted to leave before, but I’m sure this isn’t helping.

  10. themagicfanguy - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    @Mitch Actually Dwight did force his way out. He had the choice of opting out of his deal to become a free agent and at the last second chose to remain another year in Orlando, then spent months having his camp leak his trade wishes to the media. He also got the SVG fired in the process. He pretty much textbook “forced his way out”.

  11. djshnooks - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Good thing he meant no “arm.”

    I can’t believe how many writers on this site cannot take 30 seconds to proof-read their work…I hope they don’t get paid for this.

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      You spelling police, bro?

  12. deavn - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    It was entertaining when the one fan did it when Lebron came to town, but now it’s just getting annoying.

  13. program33 - Mar 1, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Some of those security guards are in actually in pretty good shape. Great job.

    • strictlythedanks - Mar 1, 2014 at 3:14 PM


  14. 1forest1 - Mar 1, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    I’m just curious in what he said, I hope it was worth it…

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