I mentioned it during today’s show, but Emeka Okafor really did catch a fan who was falling over a railing because he was so excited the Wizards finally got a win. As you can see in the video up top, it’s not a life or death situation, but still. How many fans have other players caught? Zero, I am guessing.
Anyways, let’s hear the story from the mouths of those who lived it. From Sarah Kogod at the Washington Post:
“I was just so excited about the first win of the season that I leaned over too far,” said the fan, who declined to be named out of embarrassment. “I didn’t realize [Okafor] was too far away.”
The fan was able to grab onto the outside of the railing, but found himself upside down and losing his grip. Okafor, who was acquired in part due to his veteran smarts, reacted quickly.
“He was falling over and I saw the guy,” Okafor said of the incident. “He was smiling the whole time. Before I got there he had stopped himself. I just helped put him back into the stands.”
The flustered fan’s friends began to shout, “Emeka Okafor just saved your life!” An exaggeration, perhaps, but the Wizards big man may have saved him from a potential hospital visit.
“He was over [the railing] but he had a huge smile on his face. He had absolutely no awareness of the danger he was in,” Okafor said with a laugh. “That’s a first for me. I haven’t seen that before.”
If Emeka Okafor is not this guy’s favorite player immediately, he needs to reevaluate his life. I don’t necessarily know if he would have died from this fall, but he definitely could have been hurt, and there could be nothing more embarrassing than having to tell people you broke your arm celebrating the Washington Wizards going 1-12. Okafor just saved this guy a lifetime of zingers from his friends, which is a pretty steep price to pay for a high-five from an average center.
At the very least, this dude should be very happy that JaVale McGee was traded away. He has a hard enough time catching basketballs, let alone humans.