Even those that, each day, don a uniform that gives them supreme power over the rest of us will, at times, slip up. And when they do, they no doubt pray they aren’t being recorded, watched - or worse - filmed.
Unfortunately, one such man of power suffered the latter today during a momentary brain-snap of immense proportions.
Standing just left of camera during ESPN’s Michael Wilbon’s post-game wrap, a police officer stood guard on the court at Oakland Arena following the Golden State Warriors’ 104 - 89 thrashing of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
During the two-minute broadcast, the officer looked at the camera numerous times, never once moving out of the shot. What he did next suggests he didn’t realise he was in fact live on-air.
A young, female Golden State Warriors fan appeared in the shot, walking in between the policeman and Wilbon. Without missing a beat, the officer locked his gaze on the woman’s behind, staring for a good few seconds before looking straight back at the camera like a deer in the headlights.
It is not the first time an officer of the law has been caught letting his eyes wander inappropriately.
In March, Las Vegas police officer Russel Mettke found himself in hot water after he was accused of staring at Miesha Tate’s backside during the weigh-in for UFC 196.
Fortunately, Tate took it all in good faith, positing her revenge in a hilarious video on her Instagram account.
Miesha Tate's officer payback
“Some of you will get this right away,” Tate’s caption read.
“If you don’t watch the viral YouTube video of officer Russel Mettke and I at weigh-ins this past Friday! Paid him a little surprise visit today.”
Hopefully today’s Golden State fan has a similar reaction.
It’s not just the male population that has been found guilty of the odd perv either. A young woman sparked an online sexism row in early January when she was caught staring at a number of male UFC fighters as they undressed for a weigh-in in Las Vegas.
This weigh-in girl failed in an attempt to be subtle.Source:Twitter
If the Oakland cop was having a bad day after being nabbed on camera, it can’t have been as bad as that of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
LeBron sat down on the bench in the fourth quarter as Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals slipped away, threw his hands up and grimaced in frustration.
His Cavaliers had done everything right against the Splash Brothers. And yet everything still went so wrong as this highly anticipated finals rematch kicked off.
The Cavaliers shot 38 percent and couldn’t find a way to stop the Golden State Warriors’ supporting cast in a convincing loss on Friday.
Curry and Thompson combined for just 20 points on 8-for-27 shooting, but the Warriors’ bench outscored Cleveland’s reserves 45-10 and the Cavaliers coughed up 17 turnovers that led to 25 points for the defending champions.
“Don’t matter what you do with Steph and Klay, don’t matter what you do with Draymond (Green),” James said.
“Give up 45 points off the bench and 25 points off turnovers on the road, it’s not a good ingredient to win.”
Playing in his sixth-straight NBA Finals, James delivered with 23 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. Kevin Love was strong as well in his finals debut with 17 points and 13 boards.
Curry and Thompson were 4 for 13 f-rom 3-point range and the two-time Most Valuable Player turned the ball over five times, but the Cavs succumbed to a tide they never saw coming.
LeBron James and the Cavs couldn’t have done much more to get over the line in Game 1.Source:AFP
“For the most part I’m pleased with what we did defensively against Steph and Klay,” Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said.
“Their bench did a good job for them.” Game 2 is Monday (AEST) in Oakland.
Kyrie Irving scored 26 points, but shot just 7 of 22. Tristan Thompson had 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs, who are trying to end a professional sports championship drought in Cleveland that extends back five decades.
If they can’t beat the Warriors when their biggest stars aren’t raining 3-pointers, the finals rematch that everyone wanted could be over a lot sooner than most predicted.
But James knows this series is just getting started, and the Cavaliers had the Warriors and raucous Oracle Arena a little nervous when they jumped ahead in the third quarter while Curry and Thompson flailed away.
“We had a chance in that third quarter to do something special, but we didn’t counter and do it,” James said.
“Didn’t make it happen in the fourth quarter. So I’m looking forward to seeing the film session and seeing ways we can get better going into Game 2, and I think our team will as well.”
The Cavs threw everything they had at Curry, just as Lue said they would. James, Irving, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, Matthew Dellavedova. They all took a crack at him, while Tristan Thompson and Love gave Curry forearm shivers and shoulder checks every time they had a chance.
The Cavaliers were second in the league in 3-point shooting this season, behind only the Warriors. But they hit just 7 of 21 f-rom long distance in the game. They also struggled at the rim, with 28 missed shots f-rom point-blank range.
“The moment’s here. We lost Game 1,” Irving said.
“Now we just have to recollect ourselves. In terms of being back here in Game 1, a lot of emotions but now that Game 1’s over just ready to attack Game 2.”
— with Jon Krawczynski, AP