Staples Center Officials Defend Decision to Bar Charlie Sheen from Re-Entering Arena
2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
Los Angeles, CA
The Staples Center management defended its decision to bar actor Charlie Sheen from re-entering the arena during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals after he stepped outside to smoke a cigarette.
Michael Roth of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), which owns Staples Center, told the Los Angeles Times that there are signs inside and outside the arena warning fans that they will not be allowed to return once they leave the building.
Roth added the policy is being "implemented in nearly every other venue where tickets are required for entry is designed for the safety of fans."
Roth emphasized that there was no need for Sheen to go outside the arena because there are designated spots inside Staples Center where smoking is permitted.
A subsidiary of the Anschutz Corporation, AEG is the world's largest owner of sports teams and sports events.
Sheen was among the estimated 19,000 fans who watched Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals between Los Angeles and New Jersey, expecting the Kings to sweep the Devils and capture their first-ever NHL title in 45 years.
But the Devils spoiled the party, beating the Kings, 3-1, to keep their comeback hopes alive. Game 5 of the series will be played Saturday at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
When Sheen wasn't allowed back into the arena during the game, Sheen unloaded an expletive-filled rant on a Staples Center female employee, which was fully recorded on video by celebrity website TMZ.com.
"We regret that any patron would direct such abusive language at one of our employees," Roth said, but refused to comment on the action of his employee.
The TMZ video showed that the female employee, wearing a Staples Center jacket, fired back with few choice words to the actor.
"I don't care who he is," the employee told TMZ about the former "Two and a Half Men" star.
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