Russell Westbrook was to be restrained while heading to the locker room in the fourth quarter of the Washington Wizards 120-95 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers after a fan poured popcorn on him.
Westbrook, who was dating an apparent ankle injury and was involved in high-profile altercations with fans, called on the league to take action after the incident.
“This shit is getting out of hand, especially for me,” Westbrook mentionned after game. “The disrespect, the number of fans doing whatever they want. It’s just out of their pocket, man.
“I wouldn’t have come up to me on the street and throw popcorn at my head because you know what’s going on… In these areas you have to start protecting the players. We’ll see what the NBA does, ”the general added to the floor, courtesy of Fred Katz Athletic.
Assistant Head Coach Scott Brooks called for the NBA to give the popcorn fan-thrower a lifetime ban from playing games after their “very disrespectful” gesture towards Westbrook, while Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James also concurred on the altercation:
Westbrook ended the loss with 10 points on 2 of 10 shots, 11 assists and six rebounds in 29 minutes. Washington now trails Philadelphia 2-0 in its seven-game first-round streak.