Ron Rivera says Wizards' security guard made 'heck of a tackle' on fan

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Rivera: Wizards' security guard made 'heck of a tackle' on fan originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera witnessed firsthand on Monday when a fan attempted to run onto the court at the Wizards-76ers game, the latest in a series of incidents of bad fan behavior in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

However, just as the intruder stepped onto the floor, he was immediately tackled to the ground by one member of the security team. The fan was later arrested and banned from the venue.

While the incident has no place in sports, the tackle from the security guard immediately blew up on social media, with many joking that he could play linebacker for the Football Team. Rivera was asked about the tackle on Wednesday and praised the security guard for his form.

"It was a heck of a tackle," Rivera said via Zoom. "The form was nice. He dropped his hips, bent his knees, kept his head up and drove through the tackle. He defended that baseline very well."

As for his spot on the roster?

"We've considered reaching out, but we're not there yet. We're good with that," Rivera said.

After initially joking about the fan incident -- which is one of many that have happened in the NBA during the 2021 postseason -- Rivera shifted to a more serious tone.

"It is a little bit of craziness from what I've seen has gone on," Rivera said. "To have some of the fans react the way they are, that's kind of disappointing. Because again, to me, the ticket gets you the opportunity to come in. You can cheer or you can boo, but let's don't get belligerent, let's don't get nasty and let's don't do something that can be construed as dangerous towards a player because those guys are doing the best they can."

As for the actual basketball game, though, Rivera was impressed by the energy the Wizards came out with on Monday despite being down in the series to the 76ers 3-0.

"I loved their competitive spirit, the way they come out and fought," Rivera said. "They played very physical. That would be my approach, continue to play physical and see what happens. That was cool. I really loved their energy."

With the Wizards extending the series, the two teams meet once again on Wednesday for Game 5 (coverage begins at 6 PM on NBC Sports Washington). Washington will be without sharpshooter Davis Bertans, but 76ers star center Joel Embiid is questionable for the game with knee soreness.

"If they want to win, they can go out there and give it their best and see what happens," Rivera said of the Wizards. "Nobody expected Washington to be where they are. I believe [Russell] Westbrook willed them into the playoffs. He's played hard, [Bradley] Beal has played hard, that whole team has played hard. They should be commended for how they played in Game 4, as physical as they did, and got themselves a win at home."