The intensity of the Memphis Grizzlies’ first-round playoff streak against the Los Angeles Lakers spilled into the stands Wednesday night.
Video of a fight between two fans inside the FedExForum plaza level during Game 2 went viral Saturday morning, hours before the Grizzlies and Lakers played in Los Angeles (9 p.m. CT, ESPN ).
The violent altercation, which was posted to social media by Twitter user @PillDoctoRx and later shared via the popular @TheNBACentral account, featured a man wearing a black Los Angeles Dodgers hat repeatedly punching and shoving another man wearing a Mike Bibby Grizzlies jersey for nearly 20 seconds before the fight was interrupted by a nearby fan.
The fight appears to have taken place while the match was taking place on the field, although the exact timing could not be determined from the video.
According to an incident report provided by the Memphis Police Department, an officer in detail Wednesday night at the FedExForum responded to a single assault call in Section 105, Row N. The report listed three victims – two males and a wife – but did not identify them. name. Victims #1 and #2 (boyfriend and girlfriend) were seated in seats 7 and 8 when Victim #3, seated in seat 9, and Victim #2 began to argue.
Victim #3 told police he was sitting next to the couple when Victim #2 started hitting him. Additionally, Victim #3 stated that Victim #2 got mad at him for some unknown reason and started hitting him. He then hit victim #2 back and they both started fighting.
Victim No. 2 had scratches on her face and neck, according to the report, but told police she did not need medical attention. Victims #1 and #3 also did not need medical attention. No charges were filed, but the three people were banned from the FedExForum, according to the report.
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A source with direct knowledge of the situation, who spoke to The Commercial Appeal on Saturday on condition of anonymity, said there was an initial verbal altercation between the man wearing the Dodgers hat and the man wearing Grizzlies jersey preceding the physical altercation captured on video. . Both were temporarily removed from their section and warned of their behavior before returning to their places.
Additionally, Victim #3 also informed police that the couple had an argument and that security was to intervene prior to the viral altercation, according to the incident report.
The source said that once the viral altercation happened, both fans were kicked out of FedExForum.
The commercial appeal chose not to share the video with this story because no charges have been filed in relation to the incident. Footage of the fight has been viewed more than 1.5 million times in less than three hours on Twitter.
Memphis beat the Lakers, 103-93, in Game 2 to even their streak and secure at least one more home game at FedExForum Wednesday for Game 5.
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