Los Angeles Lakers fans partied outside the Staples Center on Saturday night, with zero social distancing and zero masks, after their team won its first NBA title in a decade.
The crowd was described as “mostly peaceful” by mainstream media outlets, even though the crowd could be seen on TV broadcasts trying to kick in the windshield of an LAPD cruiser.
Breitbart.com reports: Police eventually broke up the party outside the Staples Center and arrested those who refused to leave.
The title came as the fulfillment of fans’ hopes following the arrival of LeBron James in 2018, and a consolation after the untimely death of retired Lakers great Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash early this year.
The shortened season and postseason were played in a “bubble” in Orlando, Florida, without any fans in attendance due to fears of spreading the coronavirus.
L.A.’s political leaders, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, have been particularly proud of the severity of their coronavirus restrictions, including one of the earliest mask mandates in the country.
Those restrictions, however, were dropped for Black Lives Matter protests (and riots) earlier this year — and for the NBA championship.