- Providence's forward Marshon Brooks seemed upset after losing the game. But Georgetown fans Kenny and Joe Abdo were upset for a different reason. (Photo: Associated Press)
Were you at the Georgetown-Providence game at the Verizon Center on Saturday? If so, TBD would like to speak with you. Particularly if you were sitting in Section 417 and had a badge around your neck.
Here’s what we know so far, according to two sources who were in the stands that day.
Late in the game, when the score was pretty tight, a few fans in the section started talking trash, says Kenny Abdo, a Georgetown student who attended the game with family and friends. Words were shouted, and not all of them were necessarily appropriate for young ears. Eventually, Abdo says, a man with a badge around his neck stood up and started to admonish the crowd, which was a mix of Georgetown and Providence faithful. Abdo says the man told the raucous fans to behave, and also yelled at his brother, Joe Abdo, who confirmed the account.
It continued to escalate from there, say the Abdo brothers. After scolding the fans and threatening to boot them from the Verizon Center, Kenny Abdo said, the man then pulled up his shirt to reveal a firearm.
"There was an audible gasp,” he said.
The man didn’t take it any further, Kenny Abdo says, but the crowd appeared shocked by the scene. Georgetown went on to win the game, 83-81, and the brothers left the Verizon Center without further incident.
“My biggest regret is not going up to him and asking for his name or what department he worked for,” Kenny Abdo says.
Kenny Abdo says the gun-toting fan was sitting in Section 417, Row K. We aren’t sure what agency this person might work for and it would be wrong to throw names out there without additional confirmation or investigation. TBD spoke with both Georgetown and Verizon Center officials, who had no report of an incident. We’ve also asked Providence to check with students to see if they can find additional witnesses.
Were you there? Did you get a picture (please say yes!) Contact TBD Justice at email@example.com or 703-842-1736. We’ve love to hear your story.