Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you most definitely haven’t.
Wednesday night’s men’s basketball game between Loyola Chicago and Duquesne in Pittsburgh was disrupted by a food delivery person who walked onto the court while the teams were in the middle of a possession.
A man holding a McDonald’s bag wandered past the baseline at UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse early in the second half. At one point, he was standing inches away from Loyola Chicago forward Philip Alston just behind the 3-point line.
Alright, who ordered Postmates to the Duquesne basketball game? pic.twitter.com/F8q9HOc8vd
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The delivery person wasn’t distracted by the game that was happening in front of him; likewise, the players weren’t distracted by the delivery person. They continued playing until officials called a timeout. When the man first walked onto the court, Alston had possession of the ball right next to him.
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Duquesne coach Keith Dambrot told reporters the incident was “the craziest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”
Duquesne Coach Keith Dambrot on the Uber Eats incident: pic.twitter.com/uJIHSmmuwd
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According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the delivery person was sent up to the concourse and “united with his customer.” A happy ending for all.
Was this some kind of stunt? If the delivery person was familiar with the sport of basketball, it’s hard to believe he could actually walk onto the court without understanding what was going on.
Stunt or not, how he managed to get as far as he did is anyone’s guess.