The Video of Joel Embiid Jumping Over Regina King
Sitting courtside at an NBA game is freakin' awesome, right? You're so close to the action, there's a strong possibility you'll see a celebrity, and you don't even have to get up for drinks and snacks! The only downside? Well, you might be stomped on by a player, and that's what almost happened to Regina King during Wednesday night's Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. The 2019 Oscar nominee attended the game against the Philadelphia 76ers with Tracy Morgan, and she was nearly beheaded by the Sixers' 7'0" center Joel Embiid. Seriously!
Joel jumped over Regina to prevent the ball from going out of bounds, but his priorities were clear: MUST. PROTECT. REGINA. He sailed right over her head and landed in the row behind her, as every single person's jaw dropped to the floor. The video was captured by Twitter user Rob Perez, and even Regina was grateful for his skills. "Yoooo. Thank you God and @JoelEmbiid for your athletic abilities. Crisis averted 🙏🏾," she wrote in response to the video.
Following the game, Joel expressed remorse for the MSG employee who took the blow of his jump. "It's good that I saved her life, I guess, but someone else had to, like, take that," he told ESPN. "I'm sorry about that." Watch the video ahead, and see how Regina's fans are bowing down to Joel after sparing the actress in his midgame jump.