When a knife-wielding crazy man rushed into Staples Center near the court Saturday afternoon about 90-minutes before the tipoff of the Cavaliers and Clippers, Christian Eyenga was out on the floor putting up some shots.
The man rushed through the security at the media/employee entrance to Staples and down toward the court at Staples, with security and Los Angeles Police in pursuit. The people on the floor — including Eyenga — scattered. The suspect was there for about 20 minutes before police used non-lethal force to subdue the man (who was described as uttering gibberish during the standoff).
Eyenga told the News Herald that it was a frightening experience.
“Of course, it scared me,” he said. “I heard one of the cheerleaders say, ‘The guy has a gun.’ He might have killed everybody. I just started running….
“I don’t know how it could happen,” Eyenga said. “I’ve never seen something like that. I hope I don’t see it again.”
The teams, fans and everyone else was kept off the floor and out of the area until the man was subdued. And having been through that entrance before many times myself, I’m not sure how it happened either because there always seems to be plenty of security there. Although, I suspect there will be more security now.