Fan Confrontation with Hawaii Coach


UC Santa Barbara and Hawaii played against each other on Thursday night, March 6th, where a fan came onto the court. The fan ran onto the court and confronted Hawaii coach Gib Arnold.

The fan did this once Arnold argued a technical foul with the referee. Once the fan approached the coach, many of the Hawaii players push the fan and told him to exit the game.

A lot of the media has focused on this situation and have asked Arnold numerous questions after the game. Some of the questions I’ve seen on ESPN that were directed to Arnold were based on his reaction towards the fan and why the fan ran onto the court?

Arnold’s responses were basically how in his 22 years of coaching, he had seen nothing like this. He also felt that the fan was probably intoxicated and this could be a reason why he ran onto the court.

ESPN in general has focused on these particular questions, but one question I think should be raised is about the event management. Why was there no security to prevent this situation from happening? There needs to be better crowd control. We have already seen instances like this with the Marcus Smart situation with a particular fan. So in general the media should focus on more of the safety of players and coaches throughout the game.

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