The fan threw popcorn at the Washington playmaker’s head as he walked into the locker room tunnel with an apparent ankle injury early in the fourth quarter. Unsurprisingly, Westbrook lost his temper after popcorn was poured over his head and began to exchange words with the fan, and as a result, security guards and team members. retained it to prevent it from becoming uglier.
Take a look at what happened:
After the game, Westbrook told reporters, including Fred Katz de l’Athletic that “this shit is out of control. “
“I wouldn’t come and see myself on the street and throw popcorn in my head, because you know what’s going on,” Westbrook said. “… In these arenas you have to start protecting the players. We’ll see what the NBA does. ”
The local crowd is known to be a bunch of passionate people, especially in Philadelphia, but throwing things (even if they’re edible) is what will get you kicked out of games, which is exactly what happened to this fan.
Wells Fargo Center President of Business Operations Valerie Camillo said:
“It was unacceptable and classless behavior, and we are not going to condone it at Wells Fargo Center. We pride ourselves on having the most passionate fans in the country and the best edge on the pitch and on the ice, but that kind of behavior has no place in our arena. ”
“After investigating the incident that took place during last night’s game, we determined that the person involved will have their season ticket revoked, effectively immediately. Additionally, he will be banned from all events at Wells Fargo Center indefinitely.
“We apologize to Russell Westbrook and the Washington Wizards for being subjected to this type of unacceptable and disrespectful behavior. There is no place for it in our sport or our arena. “
The NBA, following this incident and the Trae Young incident at Madison Square Garden the same night, will “vigorously” enforce its improved code of conduct.
“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. “
Before leaving the game on injury, the former MVP recorded 10 points, 11 assists and six rebounds. The Wizards return to DC for Game 3 on May 29 with a 2-0 lead in the series.