During game one of the playoffs, Trae Young received the bulk of Knicks fans’ ire as he decimated their team. While they initially were chanting “f-ck Trae Young,” the crowd fell silent as the Atlanta Hawks guard wiped the floor with them, and sunk a game-winning shot. But was that enough to keep them quiet? Nope.
During Game Two, another Knicks fan was caught literally spitting on Young’s back, like it’s his fault their team can’t pull it out. The spitter was apparently banned for life, according to a statement issued by the New York Knicks.
“We investigated the matter and determined that this patron, who is not a season ticket holder, did indeed spit on Trae Young, and for that reason, he is now banned from The Garden indefinitely,” they wrote. “We apologize to Trae and the entire Atlanta Hawks organization for this fan’s behavior. This was completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our venue. We have turned the information over to the appropriate authorities.”
But Young seems to thrive on all the negative attention. During Game Five, Young was trash-talking the fans again as the Hawks eliminated the Knicks. He even referenced the spitting incident, which they should really all be embarrassed about:
And they booed him as Young took bow after hitting a deep 3 in the last minute of the game:
In a post-game interview, Young joked about his bow, saying, “I know where we are. I know there’s a bunch of shows around this city. And I know what they do when the show is over.”
Next season, he’ll get his encore, and Knicks fans will be angrier than ever.