At 72 years of age, Muhammad Ali still packs a punch. Unfortunately for one not-so-lucky burglar, that punch happened to be directed at his face, which soon after was introduced to the wonderful craftsmanship of Ali’s Brazilian wood flooring.
Police responded to a report early Monday morning of an attempted robbery in the home of former boxing heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali.
Ali reported that he was awoke from noise coming from inside his home. When he got up to investigate he found an unknown man rummaging through his closets. The man attempted to flee, but not before Ali landed a punch to the side of his face, knocking him to the floor.
The incident occurred a little after 3:00 a.m. at the Ali residence in the east end of Louisville, KY. When police arrived, the suspect had fled in a vehicle.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office searched the area, including with a tracking dog, but failed to find the suspect. Police said there is no risk to the public but gave no more details.
The suspect was described as a young white male in his early 20’s with short brown hair and a large dent in his face about the size of Muhammad Ali’s fist.
Saturday, at the NBA All-Star game, Kyrie Irving stole the show. Even with his ankle-breaking handle, improbable finishes in the paint and his on-target passes, Irving finished his second All-Star game with 31 points and 14 assists.
Transforming into his alter ego – Mr. Fourth Quarter – the talented 21-year-old point guard scored 15 points in the final frame and led a furious rally for the Eastern Conference while Indiana’s Paul George, New York’s Carmelo Anthony and even the game’s most dominant player, LeBron James, took a back seat to Irving’s brilliance.
Irving’s night took a quick turn for the worst as many of the players decided to enjoy the New Orleans night life after the game. According to witnesses, Irving walked up to James and started joking with him about how he “used to be the best”– James tried to brush it off, but after repeated taunts, James flipped and shoved him back. Soon members of James and Irving’s entourage got involved and the brawl quickly escalated – police were called to the scene as club bouncers and other players attempted to calm brawl.
While police tried to break up the fights, a deputy was attacked and knocked unconscious. Acadian Ambulance transported the deputy to the Terrebonne General medical Center where he was treated for a concussion, a bruised jaw and other minor injuries.
Police then arrested 21-year-old Kyrie Irving for disturbing the peace by intoxication, battery on a police officer and resisting arrest by violence. Irving remains in jail without bond at this time.
The Krewe of Hercules organization is cooperating with this investigation and trying to identify more suspects involved in the fights and more arrest are expected.