Front-row tickets to a major sporting event may be the best seats in the house, but we should all know by now that there are some inherent risks involved. Glen “Big Baby” Davis reminded us of that last night when he plowed through a crowd of front-row spectators after hitting his game-winning jumper last night to potentially save the Celtics’ season. He avoided most of the fans, but landed a direct hit on a kid wearing a white t-shirt, sending his hat flying into the stands.
(An approximation of what Nicholas Provetti saw coming at him last night)
Well, the kid who took the brunt of Big Baby’s considerable momentum has a name: he’s 12-year-old Nicholas Provetti, and he was with his father in the seats they sit in for every Magic home game. And the elder Provetti, Ernest, is not at all happy with Davis, going as far as sending an angry e-mail to the NBA’s league office this morning calling Davis a “lunatic” for shoving his son. But I think the evidence will reveal who the real lunatic is in this spat.
Just in case you missed it, here’s the video of the shot and the shove:
The ORLANDO SENTINEL details Provetti’s overreaction:
Provetti said Davis shoved his 12-year-old son Nicholas with such force after Davis made a game-winning jumper, that Nicholas’ baseball cap catapulted into the air and his son dove into his courtside seat.
Provetti sent an e-mail to the NBA League office this morning. He said Davis crossed the line, literally, and embarrassed his son.
“The NBA makes it clear to not cross the sideline,” he said in a telephone interview. “If I cross that line, the NBA will take away my tickets. It’s a double standard.”
In the e-mail, Provetti said Davis conducted himself like a “raging animal with no regard for fans’ personal safety.”
What point is this guy trying to make exactly? He blows he credibility completely with his first statement that the kid “dove into his courtside seat.” If you watch the replay, you’ll see that his hat clearly gets knocked off but that he pretty much holds his ground. Any sort of flying into the seats simply doesn’t happen.
As I saw it, Davis acted like a guy who was not only completely stunned to be the guy taking the final shot in the game but apoplectic that he actually made it. And you might notice that the kid is standing mere inches from the sidelines, and when Davis realized what he did he just started running toward his teammates to celebrate. Did he need to bump the kid? Probably not, but if you’re standing in the path of an NBA athlete you might get knocked around a bit. I hope this kid doesn’t play sports himself, because he’s got no future in that if he was actually hurt in this incident.
The Provetti’s are also apparently the only people in America who don’t find the video hilarious, having this to say about it:
“How do you like to be a 12-year-old and see a raging lunatic coming at you?”
Are you talking about Davis or yourself, Ernest?
Ernie does have one ally, though:
Magic player Adonal Foyle also checked on how his son was after the game.
I think the word “player” is used rather loosely there. Though I suppose it’s nice to see that Adonal has something to do.