The playoff game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets was briefly interrupted when a female fan walked out onto the court in the second quarter Sunday night.
11:50 AM, May 8, 2012
The playoff game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets was briefly interrupted when a 20-year-old female fan walked out on the court in the second quarter Sunday night. The woman, identified by police as Savannah McMillan-Christmas of Denver, walked several steps onto the court as Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson brought the ball past half-court. Officials blew the whistle to stop play with 1:10 left and McMillan-Christmas was escorted away by security. McMillan-Christmas was arrested for investigation of trespassing and taken to a detention facility for booking, said Denver police Det. Todd Erickson, part of the security detail at Pepsi Center. Erickson said he was at his post near the Denver bench when he spotted McMillan-Christmas stepping onto the floor near mid-court in front of startled Nuggets guard Andre Miller. "I happened to see her walk on to the court and I thought, `Uh, oh,"' Erickson said. He hustled over to her and, with other security personnel, told her she had to go back to her seat. She responded by asking, "Where's Kenyon?" an apparent reference to former Nuggets player Kenyon Martin. Nuggets forward Al Harrington was asked about the incident today. Harrington responded jokingly, "That was pretty weird. I heard she was looking for Kenyon. So I gave her Kenyon's number and hopefully they got in contact." The woman's father, Chris Christmas, told Yahoo Sports this was a case of mistaken identity. His daughter has never stalked any of the Nuggets players.Sonny Jackson, a Denver police spokesman, confirmed that it could be a case of mistaken identity."There was a woman who was stalking Kenyon Martin who was banned from the arena a few years ago, but it wasn't this woman," said Jackson. "I don't know where that information came from."Kurt Schwartzkopf, a Nuggets spokesman, said in an e-mail that, "this customer has no prior issues at the Pepsi Center.Schwartzkopf said that McMillan-Christmas could face a one-year ban from the arena, but they will not make that decision until it has gone through the proper legal processes.