A fight broke out among young people jockeying for autographs from Orlando Magic forward Rashard Lewis on Monday night at Medieval Times, a dinner-show attraction in Kissimmee.
Kissimmee Police Lt. John Lewis — no relation to Rashard Lewis — said officers were summoned after one group of high-school students thought another group was getting too much time posing for pictures with the basketball star.
In the ensuing scuffle, which involved two girls and a boy, one teen lost a cell phone and another lost a camera memory card, the lieutenant said.
“I guess they were all frustrated, wanting an autograph,” Rashard Lewis said. “It was crazy. They were fighting, going at each other. We just got out of there.”
Nobody was seriously injured and nobody wanted to prosecute, so officers did not take a report, police said. The groups of youths were from Jacksonville and Georgia, John Lewis said.
Rashard Lewis said he was looking forward to the show and was trying to accommodate people by letting them take pictures.
“I was just trying to be a nice guy,” he said.
Representatives of Medieval Times said they didn’t know that Lewis planned to attend.
“Had we known that they needed assistance or anything like that, we would have taken them out through a different door,” said Jose Lopez, vice president and general manager of Medieval Times in Florida. “We didn’t know who they were.”
It’s a shocking tale. Who knew Medieval Times had a VIP exit?