A Philadelphia Sixers fan dumped popcorn onto Washington Wizards star Russell Westbrook as he limped to the locker room after hurting his ankle. Talk about adding insult to injury.
The point guard had to be held back after he apparently tried to get at the fan. The assailant was ejected from Wells Fargo Arena.
In an interview after the game, Westbrook said that the fan crossed a line and that there needed to be better protection for players. He added that fans often feel untouchable during these types of incidents.
“The amount of disrespect, the amount of fans just doing whatever the f*ck they want to do, it’s just out of pocket, man,” he said in the conference.
LeBron James later tweeted about the incident, insisting the fan needed to be outed and that players needed to be better protected.
Last night was a rowdy one for basketball fans. About a hundred miles away in Madison Square Garden, Atlanta Hawks player Trae Young was dealing with his own disrespectful fan encounter during his team’s matchup with the New York Knicks.
A fan seemed to spit at Young while he was on the court. He didn’t seem to notice at the time though, joking about it in a tweet later.