We’ve seen a lot of bizarre injuries in sports, and in basketball we’ve seen more than our share of fan interaction with players. We need not go back very far to remember the Malice at the Palace to be reminded of how sour things can go when those on the hardwood meet those in the stands. But for Spurs forward Stephen Jackson, it wasn’t a fan that got in his way during San Antonio’s trip to New York, it was a cocktail waitress.
Early on in the second quarter, Jackson took a three point shot from the corner of the court. Upon falling back on his shot, he fell over a waitress serving a courtside fan. That courtside fan just so happened to be New York Mayor Micheal Bloomberg.
Cue about eight thousand tweets and jokes about how Bloomberg’s drink was not a large soda.
Jackson was seen leaving the court after the run-in with the waitress, and the Spurs announced shortly thereafter that he’d not be returning to the game. This isn’t the first time a player has been injured after running into someone not on the court, but given how many times we’ve seen NBA players running full speed and crash into camera men at the other end of the court, this didn’t seem like that big of a deal.
But nevertheless, Jackson seems to have tweaked an ankle in the ordeal, and either because of actual injury or sheer embarrassment, he won’t be coming back to the game.
The waitress is fine by the way, thanks for asking.