Scary moment in the NBA on Monday … a Wizards assistant coach jumped into the stands and charged at a fan, but fortunately, he was grabbed before a Malice At The Palace-like scene could break out.
The incident happened at the end of Washington’s blowout loss to the Heat … when broadcast cameras showed Mike Batiste appearing to lunge at a fan sitting a few rows behind the Wizards’ bench.
The incident with a fan and the Wizards bench in which Harrell had to intervene: pic.twitter.com/IiNXUp7Z8x
— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) February 8, 2022
You can see in the footage, Batiste got up from his chair, jumped over a row of seats, and nearly made contact with a fan — but, thankfully, Wizards players grabbed him before anything got physical.
Batiste — a former pro basketball player who’s now serving as the Wizards’ manager of player development — was ultimately escorted into the locker room as the final seconds ticked off the game clock.
Following the loss, Wizards head coach Wes Unseld Jr. said he believed Batiste lost his cool because people “said something that was out of line.”
“Obviously, we have to take the high road and just can’t indulge in that,” Unseld Jr. said. “But I think it was a situation where something was said that was a bit over the line and I think it got the best of one of our coaches. But, either way, you have to take the high road.”
No word yet if 44-year-old Batiste will be punished for the incident.