Charles Barkley had a new idea for NBA players who get heckled or come face to face with fans who paid to watch the game.
Barkley’s idea came after a Philadelphia 76ers fan threw popcorn at Washington Wizards star Russell Westbrook as he returned to the locker room to treat an injury.
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The moment sparked massive outrage among fans on social media and Barkley had a proposal he said could be enough for athletes.
“You always get angry when I say which NBA rule I would change. I think you should be able to step up in the stands and beat one person per game, ”he said on“ Inside the NBA ”on Wednesday night.
Barkley co-host Ernie Johnson sarcastically said he didn’t see why “it didn’t take hold.”
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Barkley replied, “Don’t you think that guy didn’t deserve to be beaten down center?” “
Johnson made sure Barkley was not advocating for the players to enter the stands. Barkley agreed.
“If a fan says something really, really rude, throws something at you, you should be able to say ‘go ahead’ and take him to half court and you’ll fix it like men,” he said. Barkley said.
Westbrook had to be barred from entering the stands to attack the fan.
“I wouldn’t come up to me on the street and throw popcorn on my head, because you know what’s going on.” … In these arenas, you have to start protecting the players. We’ll see what the NBA does, ”he said after the game.
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The 76ers later announced that the fan had his season pass revoked and been banned from all events at Wells Fargo Center.