HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – The action at Philips Arena Wednesday night didn’t end with the Hawks’ 85-82 win over the Orlando Magic.
In a bizarre postgame twist, Hall of Famer, Hawks vice president and TV analyst Dominique Wilkins was allegedly attacked by a former NBA referee, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Rashan S. Michel, 36, was arrested and charged with one count of simple battery following the incident, Officer K.Y. Jones with Atlanta police told the AJC.
Michel, who told police he was owed money for suits purchased several years ago, hit Wilkins in the chest and also hit a security guard, Jones said. Michel, of Atlanta, has worked as an NBA and college basketball referee and previously owned his own clothing store.
“The fan was promptly arrested and was taken into custody by the Atlanta Police Department,” Hawks spokesman Arthur Triche said in a statement to the AJC. “At this time the Hawks have no additional information or comment regarding this situation.”
Wilkins, 51, was reportedly not seriously injured in the incident.