Rudy Fernandez of the Portland Trail Blazers Stalked By Fans During Game
Whether it's the un-tameable curls, the perma-five-o'clock-shadow or the Spanish mystique, Rudy Fernandez has been a favorite of the ladies since debuting with the Portland Trail Blazers last season.
A couple of ladies sitting courtside during the Blazers' Feb. 2 game in Dallas figured there was no better time to confess their love for Rudy than while he listened to Nate McMillan draw up a play during a timeout with less than a minute in the game.
Jason Quick of The Oregonian has the details:
One woman wrapped her arms around the waist of Blazers guard Rudy Fernandez from behind ...
“I was surprised,’’ Fernandez said. “I was listening to the coach on the bench and behind me, she touches me and says, ‘Rudy, I love you. Nice to meet you. Good game.’"
The most shocking part of this story is not that the women (who teammate Jerryd Bayless said were drunk, obvi) were brazen enough to walk onto the court. It was the fact that arena security allowed them to return to their seats and watch the rest of the game rather than kicking them out.
They obviously didn't have malicious intentions, but since the brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills in the 2004-2005 season, the NBA has been extremely strict about fans setting foot on the court. Not Jermaine O'Neal strict, but definitely an automatic ejection for walking onto the court.