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Monday, May 2, 2011

Playoff News: NBA mandates metal detectors

Is it because of Osama bin Laden? We're not sure, but we just got this via release:

new NBA arena security
CHICAGO -- In the aftermath of the death of Osama bin Laden, all patrons attending Game 1 of the Chicago Bulls' Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Atlanta Hawks were subject to metal detectors entering the United Center on Monday. Fans were checked with a metal detector wand as they entered the arena, with the State Department warning of an "enhanced potential for anti-American violence."
The NBA issued the mandate for the conference semifinals and all subsequent playoff games.
Not all arenas in the league regularly use metal detectors. At the United Center, patrons are visually inspected. Metal detectors are only employed in a full inspection when, according to the venue's website, it is determined that "the potential is high for inappropriate or illegal items to be brought into the building."
Fans attending the Los Angeles Lakers game against the Dallas Mavericks Monday at the Staples Center will be subject to metal detectors, per normal policy. The arena's website says that all guests are "subject to a metal-detector screening, visual inspection and a bag inspection conducted by Staples Center security personnel."
The arena has also taken additional security measures, according to a statement, including "increased deployment of officers to insure the safety of our guests and staff. As with every event we are in communication with the LAPD and will continue to work very closely with them and follow their lead with all measures of security and public safety."

Chicago's other sporting event on Monday night will have enhanced security. White Sox security staff will be on alert when the team's series concludes with the Baltimore Orioles.
 Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


But wait...there's more:

Players have been tweeting their thoughts. 
Christ Douglas-Roberts stands out:
Is this a celebration?? ... Always read the fine print. ... It took 919,967 deaths to kill that one guy. It took 10 years & 2 Wars to kill that...guy. It cost us (USA) roughly $1,188,263,000,000 to kill that...........guy. But we #winning though. Haaaa. (Sarcasm) ... People are telling me to get out of America now b/c I'm against MORE INNOCENT people dying everyday? B/c I'm against a 10 year WAR? ... What I'm sayin has nothing to do with 9/11 or that guy. I still feel bad for the 9/11 families but I feel EQUALLY bad for the war families. ... What I've learned tonight, athletes shouldn't have perspectives. But I don't care. We feel certain ways about things TOO.