The Minnesota Timberwolves hosted the LA Clippers in an NBA Play-In Tournament game on Tuesday night. Late in the 2nd quarter, the game was mysteriously halted as several arena staffers attended to what looked like an injured fan on the court. It turned out it was a protestor who was trying to glue their hand to the court.
Clippers center Ivica Zubac shot a free throw, while on the other end of the court, the fan was attempting to glue their hand to the hardwood. The protestor wore a shirt that said, “Glen Taylor Roasts Animals Alive.” Taylor is the owner of the Timberwolves. The protest was in response to the Taylor having to kill chickens at his farm due to a bird flu outbreak.
The game broadcast became a scene of total confusion for a few minutes. The commentators on TNT speculated that there might be blood on the court from an injury. Instead, staffers desperately were trying to remove the glue residue from the floor.
The home team ended up winning the game and inching one step closer to the playoffs. The Timberwolves took down the Clippers 109-104. Minnesota was led by 30 points from forward Anthony Edwards.
The bizarre protest came after reports that Glen Taylor was overbreeding chickens. The bird flu is a potential pandemic virus that can be very dangerous to humans. Millions of chickens were gassed to death to curb the outbreak.
There is no word on whether the fan was arrested or fined. The game was able to continue safely and the second half went on without incident. The protestor’s point has been made, but it probably wasn’t the best choice of venue.
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