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Dwight Howard

Fan Detained

After Striking NBA Star with Basketball

11/6/2013 10:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0809-dwight-howard-tmzDwight Howard was hit in the head with a basketball Monday night ... a basketball that came from the stands ... and he was so pissed, he called in the cops to hunt down the offender, TMZ Sports has learned.

Multiple sources tell us ... the Houston Rockets star was walking toward the tunnel to the locker room at Staples Center after losing to the Clippers Monday night when a basketball came out of the stands and smacked him in the head.

We're told Dwight was furious ... believing  whoever had the ball hurled it at him on purpose. Dwight immediately went to stadium security to report the incident and pushed for the offender to be arrested.

Sources say security found the person who had the ball -- a 22-year-old man -- and detained him inside the stadium to conduct an investigation.  We're told the LAPD was also involved.

The man maintained that he was an autograph seeker and just wanted Howard's Hancock on the ball -- but lost his grip and accidentally dropped it on the NBA star.

We're told cops found video footage of the incident -- and upon review of the tape, determined the whole thing was an accident that was blown way out of proportion. The man was eventually released.

A rep for Staples Center tells TMZ ..."At the conclusion of the game there was a perceived incident between a patron and Dwight Howard and in accordance with building policies the patron was ejected.”

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6 COMMENTS

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Livvie    

So he dropped the ball and was ejected even though it was an accident? The game was over so it's not like the guy missed anything.

262 days ago
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makzaveli88    

I would have dropped a medicine ball on his head resulting in neck and concussion injury

262 days ago
3.

boo boo    

Part wimp, part vagina.

261 days ago
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kali805    

Dumb looser!!! Punk baby had to go cry cuz you got bopped in the head! Omg your such a wimp! That's why you couldn't hack it in LA!!. Looser

261 days ago

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