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– NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) May 27, 2021
“We have investigated the matter and determined that this client, who is not a subscription holder, has indeed spat at Trae Young, and for this reason he is now being banned from the garden indefinitely. We apologize to Trae and the entire Atlanta Hawks organization for this fan’s behavior. It was totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our room. We have passed the information on to the proper authorities, ”the Knicks said.
The team’s statement came after the NBA addressed fan behavior in arenas, stating that an “improved” fan code of conduct will be strictly enforced going forward.
“The return of more NBA fans to our arenas has brought a lot of excitement and energy to the start of the playoffs, but it is essential that we respect all players, officials and our fellow fans. An improved fan code of conduct will be vigorously enforced to ensure a safe and respectful environment for all involved, ”the league said.
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The NBA today released the following statement: pic.twitter.com/AVR9zXrkm9
– Communications NBA (@NBAPR) May 27, 2021
Young, for his part, responded to the incident by saying on Twitter that it was “crazy” and then telling the fan to “keep his mask on” with the hashtag #thatsjustchildish.
The incident in New York came on the same night a Philadelphia fan poured popcorn over the head of Washington Wizards goalie Russell Westbrook as he left the game against the 76ers injured.
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The Knicks and Hawks meet in Atlanta for Game 3 of the series Friday night.