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Charlotte fan hit by errant Christian Wood pass wants direct apology

USA TODAY Sports Media Group
USA TODAY Sports Media Group
 2021-12-31
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When Rockets center Christian Wood offered courtside tickets to a fan in Charlotte that he accidentally hit in the head with an errant pass, it initially looked to be a feel-good story. By all immediate indications, the woman appeared to be OK, and Wood was ready to take his ribbing in stride on shows such as “Shaqtin’ a Fool” that poke fun at player miscues.

Three days later, however, it no longer appears a light-hearted matter. Though Isabella Fitz stayed upright at the time and kept walking, she tells Inside Edition that she eventually went to an emergency room, where she was diagnosed with a concussion and a hairline fracture to her cheekbone. According to Fitz, her doctor told her she will not be able to return to her job for approximately three weeks.

Moreover, she tells Inside Edition that she’s upset at the reaction — both from Charlotte’s announcing crew, and from Wood. From the article:

“There was definitely a laugh from the announcers and a comment ‘she seems to be OK,’ but I took a basketball to the face,” Fitz said.

As for Wood, Fitz said she would not be taking him up on the ticket offer and was instead hoping for an apology. Earlier in the Instagram message where Wood offered the tickets, he included a laughing emoji with the words, “it happens to the best of us, Shaqtin,” in reference to the show.

At the time, the Houston big man did not have any knowledge of the situation’s severity. However, Fitz is asking for an apology. “By no means was that appropriate,” Fitz said of the emoji.

As of late Thursday, Wood had yet to respond to those comments. Following Monday’s game in Charlotte, Wood went out of his way in the postgame press conference to say that he hoped she was OK.

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