The bizarre moment a security guard placed a cameraman in a chokehold after a college basketball game has been captured in stunning detail by a student photographer.
The security guard grabbed the cameraman after the buzzer in the Atlantic 10 final between St. Bonaventure University and VCU, which the former won 74-65 at the University of Dayton Arena.
As players celebrated on court the videographer, who was reportedly allowed on the court and had been earlier throughout the game, was grabbed by the guard around the neck.
St Bonaventure players and staff noticed the cameraman, later identified as a member of the school, as he was being taken away from the court and informed the guard he was with them.
The cameraman was then allowed to film the rest of the post-game celebrations, which was played at the University of Dayton Arena.
According to The Buffalo News, the Atlantic 10 has launched an investigation into the incident.
"We're aware and we're looking into it with Dayton," Drew Dickerson, the league's assistant commissioner said.
Images of the guard restraining the cameraman were captured by University of Dayton student Griffin Quinn, who shared them on social media.
Sports host Jeff Eisenband described the images as 'one of the most bizarre sports photos you will ever see', while NBA writer Tim Reynolds said he was 'speechless'.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) March 15, 2021
One of the most bizarre sports photos you will ever see: A security guard at the Atlantic 10 Title Game put a cameraman in a chokehold as he was filming St. Bonaventure's on-court celebration.
Photo captured by St. Bonaventure student @griffinpquinn. pic.twitter.com/IF7zftij64
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) March 14, 2021
The guard owns my man Nathan an apology. He is a great guy and is awesome at what he does for all of SBU athletics. COVID has made some people a little crazy...or a lot by this picture.
— Mike Threehouse ☮🇺🇸 (@Coach3House) March 15, 2021
St. Bonaventure, 2021 Atlantic 10 chhampions pic.twitter.com/BgpLPQ6oCg
— Jeff Uveino (@realjuveino) March 14, 2021
Also, good for the team for coming to his defense
— Aaron Hill (@Aaron_Hill19) March 15, 2021
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