Quantcast

DNAinfo has closed.
Click here to read a message from our Founder and CEO

United Center Fight Interrupts Safe Summer Basketball League Tourney

By Kelly Bauer | August 15, 2017 8:14am
 A brawl in the United Center led to the arena being closed down on Monday, police said.
A brawl in the United Center led to the arena being closed down on Monday, police said.
View Full Caption
DNAinfo and YouTube

CHICAGO — A fight in the United Center led to the arena being closed on Monday, police said.

At 5:09 p.m., a basketball tournament was taking place in the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., when there was a fight, police said.

The arena was closed for "public safety purposes," police said.

The fight happened at the end of the tournament as people were leaving, according to the Tribune.

The tournament — which was to determine the champion of the Safe Summer Basketball League — was free and open to children and adults. It was hosted by the Near West Side Community Development Corporation, which works to provide programs and social services to people in the area, among other work.

Organizer Lefty B. Boyd of the West Haven Safe Summer League lamented to the Sun-Times, "It's just a different time."

"This is something I do to save kids during the summer time. But now the trouble is happening in the gym. The kids are starting the trouble."

A video showed the fight: