NEW ORLEANS –- New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony says he was ‘shocked’ when a child ran onto the court to hug him in the final minutes of the team’s 99-91 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.
According to the Associated Press, Anthony commented:
“It was a little kid. I was shocked. I didn’t really know who was it until I actually looked over and saw that it was a kid.”
Breezing through courtside security, the young boy scurried onto the court during a stoppage in play to give Anthony a hug.
Anthony reciprocated with a kind pat on the boy’s head and the boy was then ushered back to the stands by game official, Kevin Cutler.
The boy hurried up the arena’s stairs where he approached a female, assumed to be his guardian, shooing him towards the exit.
The Smoothie King Center’s Chief of Arena Security, Russ Bourgeois, declined to comment on the incident. It is also not confirmed if the boy and guardian were removed from the building or fined.
“I think it was because he was a little kid, they just let him go,” Anthony said. “Definitely a security issue, though, for sure.”