On Wednesday night, a Wells Fargo Center fan in Philadelphia threw popcorn at Washington Wizards star Russell Westbrook as he returned to the locker room to get injured in the team’s second game with the 76ers.
Westbrook was already suffering from an ankle injury earlier in the game as he guarded Ben Simmons and hit the bridge for a few moments. Later, in the fourth quarter, Westbrook would collide with Furkan Korkmaz. He limped off the floor and returned to the locker room.
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As he walked home, a fan threw popcorn on his head. Westbrook had to be restrained by security and trainers. The triple-double king of the NBA was furious.
“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.
NBA players and fans reacted to the incident on social media.
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Valerie Camillo, president of business operations for Wells Fargo Center, called the fan “classless.”
“It was classy, unacceptable behavior and we are not going to condone it at Wells Fargo Center. We’re proud to have 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, ”said Camillo.
This isn’t the first time Westbrook has faced unruly fan behavior.
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A fan has been removed from the game for making an obscene gesture towards Westbrook. During a game in Utah, Westbrook was also the subject of a vitriolic fan in the playoffs.