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Staples Center Increases Security After Standoff With Knife-Wielding Man
Published March 21, 2011
SCARY SITUATION: In L.A., Lisa Dillman reported “panic spread at Staples Center less than two hours before” the Cavaliers-Clippers game Saturday when the knife-wielding man and police engaged “in a standoff lasting nearly half an hour.” Zeidman said that a security officer “noticed an individual walking around the employee entrance about 10:45 a.m.” Zeidman: "He tried to enter the doors and we tried to secure him and stop him. … He pulled out a knife at that point and told our officers in no uncertain terms to get away from him." LAPD officers “ultimately tackled the man near the Cavaliers' bench and took him into custody without anyone getting hurt.” The three Clippers “closest to the man -- Eric Bledsoe, Randy Foye and Al-Farouq Aminu -- were able to run off the court, as was Christian Eyenga of the Cavaliers.” Clippers assistant coach Howard Eisley “jumped over the scorer's table to get away.” There were “plenty of children around the court, but not many spectators in the building at the time.” Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro and Cavaliers coach Byron Scott “both wanted to delay the game's start by 15 minutes.” Scott: “The league said five (minutes), which I don't understand. Either give us 15 or don't give us any" (L.A. TIMES, 3/20). Police apprehended the man by “firing guns containing bean bags to finally subdue him.” Staples Center “was locked down and players were confined to their locker rooms” during the standoff (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 3/20). Clippers G Randy Foye, who was sitting courtside when the man reached the court, said, “I looked up and there was somebody standing like 15 feet from me with a long, shiny knife. I was looking like, ‘Is this real?’ I was in shock” (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 3/20).