The first two games of the Eastern semifinal series between the Brooklyn nets and Milwaukee Bucks weren’t really competitive enough to get heated. That all changed when the series returned to Milwaukee for Game 3, and the Bucks escaped with an 86-83 . win.
After a brilliant start by the Bucks, the match turned into a rock fight. Neither team was able to buy a basket and it didn’t take long for the frustration to boil over. Midway through the third quarter PJ Tucker was called for a foul on Kevin Durant, and couldn’t believe the call.
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When Tucker started to complain, Durant sent a few exquisite words his way, leading to a small scuffle. Tucker got right in Durant’s face and the Nets star didn’t flinch. Teammates and security rushed in to make sure things didn’t get out of hand, but one security person was a little too excited.
He sprinted in and pushed Tucker away, which was really the biggest blow of the whole incident. Oddly enough, that turned out to be Durant’s personal bodyguard, and he’s on Nets’ payroll. according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic.
It’s nice to have security on hand to make sure things don’t get out of hand, because the last thing anyone wants is a serious fight leading to injuries and/or suspensions. At the same time, the job of security is to calm things down, not stir them up, and they shouldn’t come running into battle as if entering a ring at the Royal Rumble. And they especially shouldn’t if they’re one of the player’s personal bodyguards.
Nothing serious happened so this really isn’t a big deal, but imagine the league not happy when a player’s personal security details get on the field during a match and make contact with an opponent. That’s pretty close to crossing the line of doing more harm than good.