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Carmelo Anthony sympathizes for Pelicans usher who lost job

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Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony says he never likes to see anyone lose their job after a New Orleans Pelicans usher is let go following a young fan running on the court to hug Melo.Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony says he never likes to see anyone lose their job after a New Orleans Pelicans usher is let go following a young fan running on the court to hug Melo.

PHILADELPHIA – With the understanding that he’s lucky the security lapse in New Orleans didn’t result in something dangerous, Carmelo Anthony expressed his sympathy for the usher who was fired from her gig at the Smoothie King Center.

“Unfortunate. I think it’s unfortunate,” Anthony said. “I don’t want to see anybody lose their job but it was kind of a safety situation. If it wasn’t a kid out there it coulda been a worse situation than what it was. But on the flip side I never want to see somebody lose their job.”

According to NOLA.com, the usher was canned and a police officer lost privileges of working Pelicans games after a young boy rushed the court in the fourth quarter of last week’s Knicks defeat.

The boy ran up to Anthony, hugged the star, and then ran off the court completely unchecked by security.

As a result of the incident, arena usher staff were forced to watch the video of former tennis star Monica Seles being stabbed by a stabbed by a court-rushing fan in 1993. 

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