Golden State Warriors' Marreese Speights outruns robbers

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Golden State Warriors forward Marreese Speights was the target of an attempted robbery outside a San Francisco night club this week, according to police.

Speed was what he needed.

Golden State Warriors forward Marreese Speights was able to outrun assailants earlier this week when he was the target of an attempted robbery by a group of gang members outside a San Francisco night club.

KTVU, citing "law enforcement sources," reported that Speights was outside the Cellar Night Club on Sutter Street, in a parking lot across the street, early Monday morning when a convicted felon pulled a gun on him.

The group was demanding his gold chains. Speights ran from the group and was not injured.

The alleged gunman was identified as Michael Lamont Jackson, 28, of San Francisco. He was arrested.

This is where the prototypical fan would want to berate Speights for not working on his game more, because, you know, all of us are hard at work perfecting our skills after midnight Sunday night.

He's a young guy with money. If I were a young guy with money, there's a fairly strong likelihood I would want to head to a night spot from time to time to check out the scene.

But fans sometimes forget that players are people, just like them. Some of them have families-spouses, children, maybe even a dog! Some of them like to go to nightclubs.

At times, though, fans speak as if players are just that-players. They are at the stadium/arena 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year (they do get Feb. 29 off every four years, unless they have a game).

Let a player speak out on a political topic and a significant vocal minority of fans will dismiss it with statements such as "nobody cares about yur politics work on your jumper."

Let a player be involved in an incident at a club and a significant vocal minority of fans will scream bloody murder because the player wasn't at practice-at 2 a.m.

Because, you know, none of us have ever spoken out on a political topic. None of us have ever been involved in an incident at a nightclub (I refer to this in my past as simply "the incident" because it sounds intriguing and people are a little afraid to press for details).

Thankfully, Speights was able to get out of the situation by running away.

It's probably a good thing, then, that he plays for the team with the quickest offensive pace in the NBA. Could things have turned out differently if he had still been with the Memphis Grizzlies?

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