Will Ferrell Ejected from Game After Hitting Cheerleader in the Face With a Basketball

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It's a tough year to be a cheerleader.

Just a week after an Ohio State football team trampled one, Will Ferrell socked a cheerleader in the face in the middle of the New Orleans Pelicans-Los Angeles Lakers game Wednesday night.

Fans got quite the surprise when the Anchorman star popped up during halftime and tried to shoot a half-court shot. As the cheerleaders lined up around him to cheer him on, he threw the basketball and nailed one of them with it, instead of sinking it into the hoop.

The smack-down was so hard that it knocked the cheerleader right off her feet and to the floor, with her shocked squad rushing to her side to help her back up. Rather than going to see if she was okay, Will walked away and got escorted out of the stadium by security.

Thankfully, this incident was just a ruse. Will was on hand to film the stunt for his upcoming comedy flick, Daddy's Home, which also stars Mark Wahlberg.

In the movie, Will plays a mild-mannered radio executive who is determined to be the best stepdad possible to the children of his new wife, according to the Hollywood Reporter. That plan goes awry when the kids' "freewheeling and freeloading" biological father returns and forces Will's character to compete for their affection.


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