Report: Dwight Howard hit by basketball from crowd, loses it, alerts security
Even though his Houston Rockets squad was facing the Clippers, not his former team, the Lakers, when Dwight Howard returned to Staples Center on Monday, he had to assume there was a potential for things to be a little awkward, maybe even somewhat ugly.
Sure, he was booed, but he expected that. It’s what happened following the game that caused Howard to throw something of a hissy fit.
Perhaps his assumed apprehension about returning to Los Angeles might be part of the reason why Howard appeared to overreact when he allegedly was hit in the head by basketball that came out of the crowd as he and his teammates walked off the floor following a 137-118 loss.
A reportedly irate Howard alerted arena security following the incident, demanding that the perpetrator be found and arrested.
But it turns out that it wasn’t all Howard made it out to be in his head.
Once security staff was made aware of what occurred, they managed to find the guy who Howard believes chucked a ball at his head. TMZ is reporting that the Los Angeles Police Department even became involved with looking into what had happened.
Security tracked down a 22-year-old male, who, after he was detained and questioned, asserted that it was an accident. He reportedly told authorities that he is an autograph hound who wanted Howard to autograph the ball but simply dropped it and not purposely thrown it at Howard’s head.
But between the statements of the 22-year-old man believed to be the perpetrator along with a review of security footage, officials determined what had transpired simply was an accident.
“At the conclusion of the game there was a perceived incident between a patron and Dwight Howard and in accordance with building policies the patron was ejected,” a Staples Center official reportedly told TMZ.
A case of much ado about nothing, it appears. Much to Howard’s disappointment, I imagine, the only intent involved in the incident was possibly Howard’s perceived intent to assume he was being targeted so he could overreact to a non-event.