February 23, 2019
Intoxicated man arrested after brawl with Miami police officers at Heat game
 
 
 
By Peter Burke
 

An intoxicated man was arrested during Wednesday night's Miami Heat game after he got into a fight with two Miami police officers who tried to remove him from the American Airlines Arena, police said.

The brawl was captured on video and shared on Instagram.

Miami Police said Adrain Mato, 23, was arguing with other fans in section 102, yelling and swinging his arms in an aggressive manner.

According to an arrest affidavit, an officer approached Mato and asked him to calm down, but Mato continued screaming. Police said the officer could smell alcohol on Mato's breath.

When a second officer approached and told Mato he would have to leave, Mato again refused to comply and took a "fighting stance," the affidavit said.

Police said Mato "was creating a hostile situation and disturbing the patrons from their routine behavior."

The video shows the officers grab Mato and remove him from his seat. It also shows Mato struggling with the officers as they fall down several rows of seats.

Police said Mato elbowed one of the officers and kicked at them before he was eventually carried out of the arena.

Mato faces charges of disorderly intoxication, resisting arrest with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer.

Through a translator, Mato told a judge Thursday he was vacationing in Miami and is supposed to return home Sunday.

He was being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on a $5,250 bond.