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Magic fan angry at 'raging' Davis

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  May 11, 2009 02:35 PM

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Update (Tuesday, 10:18 a.m.): The Magic fan who demanded an apology from 'Big Baby' has since backed off that demand, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The fan says he acted emotionally.

Orlando Magic fan Ernest Provetti, whose son, 12-year-old Nicholas, was nearly run over by Glen Davis after his buzzer-beating, game-winning shot last night, is demanding an apology from the Celtics forward.

According to a report at Orlando Sentinel.com, Provetti sent an e-mail to the NBA League office this morning, saying that Davis crossed the line and embarrassed his son. Provetti said his son had to dive into his courtside seat to get out of the way, though that does not appear to be the case in the video.

In the e-mail, Provetti said Davis conducted himself like a "raging animal with no regard for fans' personal safety."

In a telephone interview with the Sentinel, Provetti said, "How do you like to be a 12-year-old and see a raging lunatic coming at you?"

He said noted that Davis should never have been so close to the fans in the front row.

"The NBA makes it clear [that players are not to] cross the sideline. If I cross that line, the NBA will take away my tickets. It's a double standard."

Provetti, a New Jersey native who moved to Orlando a year ago according to the Sentinel report, said he used to be a Celtics fan because he enjoyed watching Boston coach Doc Rivers when he played for the Knicks.

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