An NC State fan was tossed from today’s game in Raleigh against rival North Carolina.
UNC topped NC State 96-89 at PNC Arena this afternoon. One NC State fan with great seats missed the homestretch of the game.
During the second half, a Wolfpack fan in a red backwards hat made contact with North Carolina’s Brandon Robinson. He appeared to touch Robinson’s backside as the guard attempted to corral an errant Luke Maye pass.
Based on pictures of the play, it was clearly intentional. Amazingly, that wasn’t enough to get him thrown out.
According to the News & Observer, the unnamed fan was moved after making contact with Robinson. He was relocated to the second level.
“PNC Arena management and N.C. State athletic officials declined to release the name of the fan. The fan was initially moved by arena security from the courtside seat to a second-level lounge, according to Dave Olsen, the general manager of PNC Arena.”
When he got there, he continued to be a nuisance. At that point, he was removed from the game.
UNC led 59-56 at the time of the play. They went on to pick up a nice road win.
— ACC Now (@accnow) February 10, 2018
PNC security talking to courtside NCSU fan who made contact with Brandon Robinson on that last play. Robinson exchanged words with the fan. Referees away of the situation. UNC staff also aware. pic.twitter.com/Ck1NEChDyW
— Ross Martin (@RossMartin_IC) February 10, 2018
One would think coming into intentional contact with a player during game action would be enough to get someone tossed. Either way, there’s no excuse for it by fans lucky enough to sit that close to action.
Aside from the turnover that led to that contact, Maye was sensational for the Tar Heels. He led all scorers with 33 points and grabbed 17 rebounds.