Remember that kid who was pushed over by “Big Baby” Glen Davis after he hit the game winning shot against the Orlando Magic in game 4? Well, his father decided to take up his case and demanded a public apology should be given to his son for the incident. However due to the wind of the harassment that his son has received on his Facebook page, he has backed off on his claim.
We get more of this story from the Orlando Sentinel:
The Orlando Magic fan demanding an apology from Glen “Big Baby” Davis says he reacted emotionally and will back off.
Ernest Provetti was standing beside his 12-year-old son Nicholas, sitting courtside, when the boy caught the backhand of an excited Davis. Davis scored the game-winning basket in the Boston Celtics’ 95-94 Game 4 win against the Orlando Magic at Amway Arena.
Earlier Monday, he said he sent an e-mail to the NBA league office complaining about Davis’ shove — who many thought to be an accident.
In the e-mail, Provetti said Davis conducted himself like a “raging animal” with no regard for fans’ personal safety.
“The NBA makes it clear to not cross the sideline,” he said in a telephone interview. “If I cross that line, the NBA will take away my tickets. It’s a double standard.”
He said neither Boston or the NBA has responded. And he won’t be waiting around for that call.
“In the scheme of things, I still think he shouldn’t have went on the sideline, but obviously nothing is going to come of it,” Provetti said. “And it’s better to forget about it and not incite it anymore.”
Interestingly enough, Provetti said he was a huge Boston Celtics fan before moving to Orlando from New Jersey last year. He said Doc Rivers and Ray Allen are class acts, but thinks the NBA’s overall image is becoming more thuggish.
I’ll be honest; this is another edition of a concerned parent who decided to step over the line to protect his son. If his son was injured by Glen Davis, I could completely understand his concern but honestly it was a dumb idea to begin with and even stupider to believe that he did not think of the consequences from it.
Glen Davis was a “raging animal” after he hit the shot but his son should been paying attention as this human being came towards him. I understand his concern but Davis did not intentionally hit his son on purpose, he was just stuck in the crosshairs.
I also loved the fact that the article mentioned that he was Celtics fan before moving to Orlando and commented that the NBA’s overall image was “thuggish.” Here is a news-flash, if you do not like the product, do not go the games. Over-generalizations of players as being “thuggish” just make the individual who says them look uneducated.
I hope that the Celtics and the NBA do not give him an apology and honestly he is not deserved one. If Davis wants to apologize to his son, it is his choice but accidents happen. (In a related note, Davis did apologize) In the end, we should all learn from this and stay the hell out of Glen Davis’s way.
(Story originally picked up by Ball Don’t Lie)