Lakers Win Big ... And Then Riot: Why?

Sasha Brown-Worsham
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Staples Center
Basketball fans celebrating the LA Lakers big win over the Boston Celtics took to the streets of Los Angeles last night where they rioted, throwing bottles and cans and setting fires.

The 83-79 victory came after a long, drawn out battle between the two teams and was one of the more exciting series in basketball history, so naturally emotions were running high.

According to the UK's Daily Mail: "Initially celebrations outside the side's Staples Centre stadium in the city centre were warm and friendly following the historic win in the last of seven games in the final ... But within hours, violence had spread throughout the city."

Here's what I have never understood about these things: your team won, right? Why the violence?

Here's what I have never understood about these things: your team won, right? Why the violence?

I will admit, I am from Boston, I moved here when I was 16 and have lived here now half my life. I consider it my hometown and I wanted to see the Celtics win and if they had? I would have been psyched. However, I would not have torched cars, thrown bottles or turned over cars.

I am not suggesting Boston is better than LA, either. After the Red Sox won a few years ago, people were killed in our riots, but come on now, people. It is just a game. Is it really worth going to jail or dying for? You won! Be happy. Drink some Kool-Aid. Jeesh.

Do you get the riots?

 

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