Over the weekend, seven-time NBA champion Robert Horry got into a physical altercation with a man during his son’s basketball tournament.
Horry was at L.A. Live attending his son’s Nike 3ON3 tournament when he and another man, affiliated with the opposing team, got into a fight. In the video obtained by TMZ, the man approaches Horry and pushes him. According to witnesses, the man heckled Horry the entire game before the physical altercation took place.
As of right now, it is unclear exactly what caused the man to push the 6’10” Horry, but it didn’t look like it was a good decision. Horry responded by throwing multiple punches at the man but it is unclear if any of them landed.
According to Bleacher Report, the former Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs star said he was simply acting in self-defense.
“The guy was trash talking the whole game. He shoved me. Where I’m from, you protect yourself,” Horry said.
In a wise move, instead of continuing the fight, the ballplayer decided it was in his best interest to remove himself from the scene. Horry said he was “the only one who was gonna lose in this situation.”
The 46-year-old also said this isn’t the first time the man has been verbally abusive towards his son’s team. If that is true, Robert Horry could have a possible civil harassment case on his hands.
California civil harassment laws say “harassment” is:
- Unlawful violence, like assault or battery or stalking, OR
- A credible threat of violence, AND
- The violence or threats seriously scare, annoy, or harass someone and there is no valid reason for it.
“Credible threat of violence” means intentionally saying something or acting in a way that would make a reasonable person afraid for his or her safety or the safety of his or her family. A “credible threat of violence” includes following or stalking someone or making harassing calls or sending harassing messages (by phone, mail, or e-mail) over a period of time (even if it is a short time).
It is unclear if Horry will pursue any legal actions but if he decided to do so he would definitely have a case.
As for the man, he should probably steer clear of Robert Horry and his son’s team.