“We have investigated the matter and determined that this customer, who is not a subscription holder, has indeed spat on Trae Young, and for this reason he is now banned from The Garden indefinitely. We apologize to Trae and the entire Atlanta Hawks organization. for the behavior of this fan. It was totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our room. We have forwarded the information to the appropriate authorities. ”
In the video, you can see the pin fly and land on Young as he stood near the sideline while waiting for the basketball to arrive.
After the game, Young took to Twitter to respond:
From his response, Young clearly didn’t seem overly affected by the incident. He even joked with rapper 50 Cent, who also sat in court, in the tweet.
Young finished the game with 30 points on 11 of 20 shots in a 101-92 loss, and the series now moves on to Atlanta, with each team claiming a victory in the first two contests.
While Young wasn’t too worried about the incident, it wasn’t the only unruly fan interaction an NBA player had to deal with on Wednesday night. In Game 2 of the Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards series, Russell Westbrook was returning to the locker room after injuring his leg when a fan threw popcorn at him. Westbrook was visibly upset after the altercation and had to be prevented by security from trying to respond. After the game, Westbrook said the league needed to better protect players from such situations.
As a result, the NBA issued a statement Wednesday morning saying its code of conduct rules will be “vigorously” enforced.
“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. ” the league said in a statement. “An improved code of conduct for fans will be vigorously enforced to ensure a safe and respectful environment for everyone involved. “