Football player investigated for pushing fan

first_imgA USC player is under investigation by the Washington State University Police Department after video captured footage of him knocking over a Cougars fan after the Trojans’ loss in Pullman on Friday.The video shows No. 93 — who is listed as redshirt freshman defensive lineman Liam Jimmons — pushing a fan to the ground with both arms. At least two angles of the incident have been posted online on social media.“We’ve reached out to see if the athlete wants to talk to us,” said Steve Hansen, the police department’s assistant chief to the Los Angeles Times.The investigation comes after Washington State received $25,000 worth of fines for fans rushing the field after the upset victory. USC players had to weave through frantic fans on their way to the locker room.“It was an electric game and a very exciting atmosphere, and the safety of both fans and players always needs to be taken into account,” USC head coach Clay Helton said. “It’s hard. When you have that many fans that excited, they found their way down on the field and makes for a chaotic scene.”last_img read more

NBA playoffs 2019: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich ‘surprised people stayed’ for ‘odd’ Game 7

first_imgSpurs coach Gregg Popovich was “surprised people stayed” to watch the Denver Nuggets end his team’s season with a 90-86 victory in an “odd” Game 7 on Saturday.Nikola Jokic led the way with a triple-double of 21 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in the Western Conference first-round playoff decider. Spurs head coach Popovich thought a lack of entertainment in the first half might have led to a mass exodus at Pepsi Center.”Tonight was an odd game,” said Popovich. “I thought both teams set basketball back in the first half. I’m surprised people stayed.” Related News NBA playoffs wrap 2019: Raptors cruise to win; Nuggets outlast Spurs in Game 7 We’ll see y’all back here Monday for Round 2. #NBAPlayoffs #MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/aOneBa8Lf3— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) April 28, 2019Popovich is in the final year of his contract and refused to be drawn on whether he will stay on.”I’m a head coach in the NBA,” Popovich said. “I don’t think about what that means in the future.” The Nuggets’ series triumph was their first in the postseason in a decade and coach Michael Malone reflected on how far they have come ahead of a semi-final battle with the Portland Trail Blazers.”You looked in the stands, it was witness protection night,” Malone said of years gone by. “There was nobody here.”Really, to see where we’ve come in four years, to be a team that won a Game 7 at home and advancing to the second round for the first time in a while, is incredible. It’s almost surreal at times.”last_img read more