Kevin Johnson retired from the NBA in 2000 and has held elected office since 2009. Yet, he remains capable of feats of strength.
Johnson, the current Mayor of Sacramento, Calif., was hit in the face with a cream pie Wednesday night at a charity dinner in the city, according to The Sacramento Bee’s Ellen Garrison and Jessica Hice. A scuffle between Johnson and the alleged assailant immediately followed, and eyewitnesses say Johnson beat the man badly.
“Let me be clear, the mayor was assaulted tonight,” Johnson’s spokeswoman Crystal Strait said. “He is home with his family … The whole thing is just shocking.”
Johnson, 50, didn’t take the pie to the face with the humor of an ex-professional athlete. Strait said he fought back as most people would do when under physical attack.
“The mayor just felt he was being punched in the face,” she said.
Police arrested Sean Thompson, a 32-year-old Sacramento resident, and charged him with felony assault of a public official and one count of misdemeanor battery.
UFC fighter Urijah Faber witnessed the incident and said in a Snapchat video that Johnson “took (Thompson) out, bloodied him up, put him down,” according to CBS Sacramento.
Thompson’s booking photo suggests hitting Johnson with a cream pie was a terrible idea.
Johnson used Twitter later in the night tell everyone he’s ok and thank the police.
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