LOS ANGELES -- The Lakers opened up the Staples Center for Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals (played in Boston), selling tickets to fans here to view the game on the arena’s big screens. A YouTube clip (see embedded video below) that’s been floating around shows a Celtics fan getting roughed up by Laker fans during Game 2.
The Lakers fans waiting outside the arena today claim to have found the shirt the fan was wearing in a garbage can on the corner of S. Figueroa Street and Chick Hearn Court, right outside the Staples Center. They had the tattered Paul Pierce jersey with them as they waited in line for tickets this morning.
“I heard that guy [wearing the Celtics jersey] was a little too loud,” said one of the fans. “Maybe he ended up in the hospital.”
Check out our video at the top of this entry as Laker fan Ark Sardarov relays how the Celtics fan got into a scuffle with purple and gold supporters and how a remnant remains on the sidewalk outside the arena.