An NBA fan accused of punching a Unique Orleans Pelicans coach in the face slack final month reportedly has been banned from all NBA, WNBA and G-League games, as smartly as 2K League occasions.
Manuel Garcia, 38, turned into once arrested final week after he allegedly punched Pelicans assistant coach Joe Boylan in the face after the Pelicans wrapped up a win in opposition to the Houston Rockets. Garcia, a Rockets fan, perceived to strike Boylan from the sideline.
The Athletic reported Sunday that Garcia has been banned from all NBA-linked occasions.
Garcia turned into once charged with misdemeanor assault and turned into once out on bail working to stable a felony skilled, in line with ABC13 Houston. Even earlier than the leaguewide ban, he turned into once forbidden from attending Rockets games.
Garcia’s motive for allegedly punching Boylan turned into once no longer straight sure.
“The Rockets won the game. Then one among the assistant coaches for the Unique Orleans Pelicans turned into once gathering his things and turned into once surely chilly-cocked or blindsided and struck in the face, brutally in my leer,” Harris County District Attorney’s Place of job prosecutor Nathan Beedle said.
Garcia turned into once on probation for an unrelated crime at the time of the punch, Beedle said.
Unique Orleans assistant coach Joe Boylan earlier than the Unique Orleans Pelicans versus Los Angeles Lakers game on Feb. 27, 2019, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Icon Sportswire)
“Clearly, we are going to win this extraordinarily severely,” Beedle said. “He’s a convicted felon on probation factual now charged with a Class A assault of a defenseless person in the case.”
Brittney Aplin, 33, turned into once additionally arrested for allegedly preventing police from detaining Garcia.
The Connected Press contributed to this file.