Lapo Elkann has offered an apology to fans of the Toronto Raptors after his ‘defensive play’ cost the NBA side defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
Lapo, who is the nephew of former Juventus patron Gianni Agnelli and often tipped to become the club’s President, was sitting courtside during the match at the Staples Center.
Late in the fourth quarter Raptors’ point guard Jose Calderon tried to save the ball that was going out of bounds, but Lapo knocked it off the Spaniard’s head with both his hands.
The Lakers were awarded possession and went on to win by a two-point margin.
“Having two Italians on the team and being Italian, I wished for them to win,” Elkann told ESPN, referring to Raptors’ duo Marco Belinelli and Andrea Bargnani.
“I saw the ball coming on me and I pushed it. I’m not an expert in basketball. I know more about soccer than I do about basketball,” he concluded as he pulled up his sleeve to show a tattoo of the Juventus logo.
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