The Raptors added two police officers by the team bench and
redeployed their security staff around the court after a team
employee read about the threat on the internet. No incidents
"The threat was directed at Vince," Bob Hunter, the executive
vice president and general manager of the Air Canada Centre, said
Friday. "Similar to what happened to Detroit, it suggested that a
man and three of his friends would attend the game and plan to
disrupt the play and try and get onto the court."
Hunter said the team notified the NBA and the police. They
didn't want to take any chances, especially after last week's brawl
between players and fans in Detroit. Ron Artest of the Indiana Pacers bolted into the stands on Nov 19. after a fan threw a cup at
him, touching off a melee in which players exchanged punches with
fans. A few fans ran onto the court to confront Artest.
"That changed our whole attitude towards everything related to on-court security," Hunter said. "It piqued everybody's concern.
We didn't think that the threat was valid. We thought it was bogus,
but you couldn't not take it seriously and we stepped up for it."
Hunter said they'll increase security for a few games. There are usually 12 police officers and 30 to 40 security staff at a game.
Carter, who defended Artest's actions last week, claimed he
wasn't aware of the threat against him.
"I don't know much about it. I'm sorry that that person feels
that way, but life must go on," Carter said. "It's always of
concern, of course, but that's why there is security and you have
Carter has been booed in Toronto in recent weeks because he has requested a trade. Fans have also soured on him because he is
averaging a career-low 15.9 points.