My question would be this— how did someone manage to smuggle a knife into Staples Center? But considering the lax security at some of these arenas and stadiums, it isn’t as hard as you would think.
Luckily, this happened before the game and before many fans were in attendance— it could have been much worse.
Police engaged in a roughly 20-minute standoff Saturday with a knife-wielding man on the floor of Los Angeles’ Staples Center, where the Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers were set to play later in the day.
Police tackled and apprehended the man after the face-off on the court near the visitors’ bench area.
Some spectators for the 12:30 p.m. game had begun filing into the arena, but were evacuated once the standoff started. The players were confined to their locker rooms.
We cannot confirm or deny if it was a Cavs fan or Ron Artest in disguise. I would suspect that security will be at a higher level going forward.