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That’s just how he rolls: NC State fan rushes the court in a wheelchair … and is saved by Wolfpack’s C.J. Leslie (video)

Jan 14, 2013, 11:13 AM EDT


Rushing the court after a big college basketball win — probably dangerous under any circumstances. But when you’re in a wheelchair? Madness! That’s what North Carolina State student Will Privette did on Saturday, however, following the Wolfpack’s win over No. 1 Duke. Predictably, Privette got trucked during the mayhem … knocked out of his wheelchair by the throng. But NC State player C.J. Leslie swooped in, like Batman, and saved him.

Privette called it the “dumbest thing” he’d ever done in college, but also “pretty awesome.”

Here’s video of the incident — notice Dick Vitale declaring his concern as Privette rolls onto the court. And below, Privette tells his story to USA Today, with the video he shot from his wheelchair.

“As the buzzer (went) or probably before, we rushed the court. We went straight to the middle, which probably was better because if we’d have gone to the side we would have gotten hit worse. We got right in the center, and as you can see in the video, I got hit from one side. It was like a wave. It toppled me over. I fell out of my wheelchair. I was on the ground, and I had my phone in my hand — I was trying to film the event — and the phone flew out of my hands and my glasses flew off my face. I was on the ground. I was like, “OK, what am I going to do now?”

C.J. Leslie was in the middle (of the crowd) and he saw me. I knew him from being around campus. He pushed everyone back and told everyone, “Get back, get back.” Once everyone moved and realized what was going on, he picked me up and I’ve described it as like how you’d hold a baby. Once I realized I wasn’t in trouble any more, I started to scream, like “Wooooo! Let’s go!” C.J. held me for a little bit because we lost my wheelchair in the sea of people. He held me for a couple of minutes. I was screaming and yelling.

I patted him on the head and said, “Thank you.” Then he put me in my chair, and the PNC Arena staff escorted me off the court to safety. After the game, I waited around for C.J. to say, “Thank you, thank you for helping — saving my life, really.”


Wheelchair Court Storm

  1. skids003 - Jan 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    I respect people like this, but you got to show a little common sense about things. He could have been killed.

  2. marcocarlo1983 - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    When so much emotion takes over, there are no cooler heads to prevail usually. Fortunately he was not injured and was in the middle of it all, reeling with a great story to tell his firends.