When a screaming, raving, knife-wielding lunatic forced his way into the basketball court this past Saturday, player Christian Ayenga ran away. According to Yahoo sports:
Police say the man did not have a ticket to the game, but rather used the threat of his knife to make his way through the employee entrance and into the stadium. The intruder ran onto the court, where Cleveland Cavaliers rookie forward Christian Eyenga(notes) was out practicing shooting drills before the road contest. The Congolese native quickly ran back into the locker room, which pleased bemused Cavs coach Byron Scott.
From the Cleveland Plain-Dealer:
“Smart man,” Scott said of the young player who is still learning to speak English. “He understands knife, I guess. I think that goes all the way to Congo. Knife means get the hell out. So he did the right thing.”
After the standoff resulted in the subduing of the possible assailant with the rubber and bean bag bullets, senior vice president and general manager of the Staples Center and Nokia Theater L.A. Live Lee Zeidmanbriefed the media on what little he knew about the arena’s unwelcome guest:
“He was talking a lot of gibberish, making a lot of threats and nobody could understand him,” Zeidman said. “There was a lot of vulgarity, a lot of statements that didn’t make any sense. We, quite frankly, don’t understand why he tried to do this. There were no specific demands.”
Wow. Those Congolese sure are smart. Most people would just keep on shooting hoops if that happened to them.