Jazz fan banned for shining laser pointer at James Harden (vid/pic)
A Utah Jazz fan reportedly has been banned from attending NBA games for one year after he was ejected for shining what appeared to be a laser pointer at James Harden during Monday’s game at Vivint Smart Home Arena.
The Houston Rockets superstar became irate during the third quarter when he noticed a fan shining a laser pointer at him as he shot free throws, pointing out the culprit to officials while acting like he was going to throw the ball at the offender.
Arena security managed to track down the fan, who was ultimately ejected.
James Harden complained about a fan pointing a laser in middle of shooting free throws. Game stopped to find culprit pic.twitter.com/VrrlO0v9Em
— Jason Gold (@JayGold85) January 5, 2016
“Some guy was lasering me,” Harden said, via the Houston Chronicle. “I saw it the first time and I thought it was a picture being taken. I went to the foul line again and it happened again. The referee (Tom Washington) caught it before I did. That’s the first time that happened to me.”
Not only will the fan’s disruptive antics prevent him from attending a Jazz game for the next year, he also is banned from attending any game at any other NBA arena as well. Seems like it was hardly worth it.
Perhaps most sadly is that Monday’s incident isn’t even the first time something like this has happened at a sporting event. Even sadder, it won’t be the last time, either.