O.C. Register: Luke Walton and I sat down for nearly 20 minutes as he shared with me the details of being stalked by an El Segundo woman for the past year. The whole thing is so absurd that we had to laugh at times while we conversed. But it’s impossible to laugh too much.
This is serious stuff. This is scary stuff.
The Lakers’ security staff and the Manhattan Beach police department did well in helping Walton get this under control right now. Here are some of Walton’s quotes about what has been going on:
* “She seemed nice enough (when she first began appearing regularly outside the Lakers’ El Segundo practice facility for autographs), and there are a lot of people who are out there all the time. I would sign stuff for them most of the time, but every once in a while you’re in a rush trying to get somwhere after practice. So one time I waved and said I had to be somewhere. And I saw her reach her pen out, and I didn’t think anything of it, and when I got to my house, I saw I had a big blue mark all down the side of my car from her Sharpie pen. So then I was like, ‘That’s messed up. I sign stuff for her all the time. Now she does that; I’m not going to sign anything for her anymore.’ That’s before I knew she was stalking me.”
* “A couple of days later, I was signing stuff, and she came up. And I just rolled up my window and drove off. And as I was driving off, she threw her basketball at my car. It didn’t hit the car, but I saw it was bouncing down Nash Street. And I was kind of laughing like, ‘She’s kind of lost it.’ But at the same time, it was like, she’s really starting to pick up what she’s doing.