A Differing View On Davis' Trip Into The Stands

Deadspin reader Tom Malkin was in a section right by Antonio Davis' wife during the incident at the United Center last night, and he has a very different take on what actually happened prior to Davis' stomp upstairs. Here's an excerpt:

A fan who was sitting two rows directly behind her, was rooting loudly for the Bulls. He did not say anything offensive. He did not swear. He was just rooting for the Bulls. It appeared that Kendra (Davis' wife) didn't like it that someone was rooting against her husband. She got up and went to the guy's seat (he remained seated the whole time) and started waving her hands in his face. She kept telling him to "calm down" and "relax," and the guy kept telling her to get away from him. He was not at all confrontational. She called a member of the Bulls security staff over and told him what had happened from her perspective. He did nothing to discipline the fan since he apparently did nothing wrong.

A fascinating — and, we'll admit, completely convincing — tale from the inside. Malkin's full report is after the jump.

(Update: The fan Kendra Davis went after initially is corroborating Malkin's account.)

I'm an ex-New Yorker living in Chicago and I was at the Bulls game last night. I wanted to share a different perspective on what happened because what is being reported is not at all accurate. I was sitting less than 10 feet from Kendra Davis and saw the whole thing.

The section of seats is filled with longtime season ticketholders so there are no "troublemakers" who sit there. Given that it was Eddy Curry's first game back in Chicago since being traded, most of the seats in the section were filled by the ticketholders themselves.

Throughout the game, Kendra was making a spectacle of herself. She'd stand up during the game and yell to her friends sitting behind her. The only alcohol I saw consumed in the section all night was by members of her group.

When the game went into overtime, the intensity obviously increased. A fan (the balding fellow mentioned in Jay Mariotti's column today) who was sitting two rows directly behind her, was rooting loudly for the Bulls. He did not say anything offensive. He did not swear. He was just rooting for the Bulls. It appeared that Kendra didn't like it that someone was rooting against her husband. She got up and went to the guy's seat (he remained seated the whole time) and started waving her hands in his face. She kept telling him to "calm down" and "relax," and the guy kept telling her to get away from him. He was not at all confrontational. She called a member of the Bulls security staff over and told him what had happened from her perspective. He did nothing to discipline the fan since he apparently did nothing wrong.

At that point, another fan sitting nearby asked her to sit down because she was obstructing his view of the game. She immediately ran over and started screaming at him, repeatedly sticking her finger in his face. He asked her to stop sticking her finger in his face, but she continued to do it and he grabbed her finger to defend himself because he didn't not know what her intentions were. As he held her finger, she lunged at him with her other hand, and he grabbed that one to protect himself. He pushed her hands away from him, and at that point Antonio Davis arrived at his seat. There was a Bulls security person who restrained him from going after the fan. Davis was then escorted back down to the court.

Security talked to a number of people and quickly determined that Kendra Davis was at fault. She and her kids were escorted from the section. The balding fellow left his seat for a short time to give his statement and returned to his seat a short time later. Nobody was ejected, nobody was arrested.

From the stories I've read, this is not the first time she has gotten in trouble at a game (the argument with Latrell Sprewell). One of the other fans sitting in the section was from Naperville, where Davis lived while playing with the Bulls and his\ son played Little League baseball with Antonio Jr. (Davis' son). He said that she was constantly making a spectacle of herself and would routinely getting into arguments with other fans and families.

I hope you'll get this side of the story out. People should know the truth about what happened.

What Really Happened In The Stands? Nothing. [Deadspin]