Monday, May 17, 2010
Actor Arquette toppled at Lakers game
By Ramona Shelburne ESPNLosAngeles.com
Actor David Arquette is knocked to the floor at the end of game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
LOS ANGELES -- Actor David Arquette is a regular member of the courtside glitterati at Lakers home games. At Monday night's game, he became a lot more than a spectator.
Eyewitnesses describe Arquette as a "peacemaker" after he was knocked to the ground trying to help a security guard who'd been pinned to the ground by a fan who rushed the court after the Lakers beat the Suns 128-107 in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Michael Roth, vice president of communications for AEG, which operates Staples Center, couldn't confirm Arquette's involvement in the incident, but confirmed a physical incident occurred along the courtside seats opposite the Suns bench at the end of the game.
"At the end of the game, a fan came out of the stands and out on to the court," Roth said. "Any time a fan breaches the court, you don't know what their intentions are. We approached him and asked him to leave and when he didn't want to leave, there was some force used."
Messages left for Arquette's publicist late Monday night, were not returned.
Ramona Shelburne is a reporter and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles.com