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Jazz Fan Barred For Year After Aiming Lazer Pointer At James Harden

By Tamberlyn Richardson
Dec 25, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts after a foul was called against Rockets center Dwight Howard (not pictured) while playing against the San Antonio Spurs in the first half of a NBA basketball game on Christmas at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 25, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts after a foul was called against Rockets center Dwight Howard (not pictured) while playing against the San Antonio Spurs in the first half of a NBA basketball game on Christmas at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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The Houston Rockets and James Harden had hit hard times having lost 4 in a row, so the win in Utah against the Jazz was critical on Monday January 4.  What occurred on the way to collecting that win was one of those strange urban legends that sounds almost too strange to be true.

Jazz fans are notorious for being among the better fan bases in the Association and though they’ve spent years out of the post season they didn’t stop supporting their team.

Just because Stockton and Malone were gone or the Jerry Sloan and Deron Williams days had sent them into a rebuilding phase fans remained tied and true to their Jazz. And while it’s not unusual to hear heckling from Utah fans, last night an individual took his fandom to a whole other realm.

James Harden not happy with some fan using a laser pointer during his FTs. https://t.co/0HsAC98Bvl

— Michael Gallagher (@MikeSGallagher) January 5, 2016

At the end of the third quarter Harden went to the free throw line and prepared to take a shot then noticed the laser light. After the game Harden mentioned referee Tom Washington had actually already noticed it prior to Harden.

The game was stopped so the fan could be isolated and removed. Now that fan has been banned from attending any other NBA games or functions for a year I suppose he understands attending a game (no matter how expensive) is a special luxury not to be taken for granted.

In hindsight looking at the above Vine it’s interesting to note Harden’s initial reaction was to haul the ball back as if he intended on launching it into the crowd. One might also say that was an over the top response. Although I get him being annoyed, imagine the innocent people/fans he would have hit had he thrown the ball.

Fan Ejected
Fan Ejected

As you can see in the tweet above, security isolated the fan who is marked with an arrow in black and yellow.

Suffice to say the one thing we know to be true is competitive sports elicits emotion and passion and you never know what actions will arise from those emotions on or off the court!

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