An NBA super fan, Clipper Darrell (real name Darrell Bailey), was knocked out in a fight with Crypto.com Arena security Monday night during a game between the Clippers and Celtics.
A video was shared on TMZ that shows Darrell arguing with a man in a red shirt. Darrell appears to walk away from the altercation, while the man in red impedes his path away. Cryto.com Arena president Lee Zeidman told TMZ the issue began when security directed Bailey and other to the exits.
It's unclear what escalated the fight, but Bailey swung his right arm to push the guard away. The man responded with a punch that sent Bailey to the ground. “Clipper Darrell became involved in a verbal and then physical altercation,” Zeidman said. “After receiving immediate medical attention, Darryl was transported to a nearby hospital for further evaluation and treatment.
“An investigation of the incident was launched which determined the employee’s behavior to be a direct violation of our training and approved responses resulting in the immediate termination and arrest of the employee by the LAPD.”
Bailey is still in pain and suffering headaches. He has been a Clippers season ticketholder for 20 years, and is often seen and heard close to the court and heckling opponents.