Pelicans fire usher, stop hiring police officer who allowed boy to hug Carmelo Anthony


A young boy ran onto the court during last week’s Pelicans-Knicks game to hug Carmelo Anthony.

Cute? Thankfully.

But nobody knew the outcome when the fan ran onto the court, which makes the whole situation decidedly less cute.

John Reid of The Times-Picayune:

An usher lost her job and a New Orleans police officer will no longer be hired by SMG to work security details for Pelicans games because of a breakdown that enabled a young boy to run onto the court to hug New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony during a game last week at the Smoothie King Center.

Superdome/Smoothie King Center general manager Alan Freeman said the retractable tensile or crowd control barrier was not in place and the usher who should have been watching the aisle was not in place either.

”Then, there is a police officer stationed in that general area also, and he was not doing his job,” Freeman said. ”So essentially what happened there is that you get two people who were not doing their responsibilities and that led to a black eye for us as the building operator.

This was the appropriate response.

We live in a world where Monica Seles was stabbed by a fan who rushed a tennis court. You just can’t take a chance on anyone – no matter how young or innocent-looking – running onto the court.

And you can’t take a chance on people who allowed it to happen.